Buddhist Beliefs, The Accomplishments Of Tamerlane And The Thriving Samerqand, And Fundamental Knowledge Of The Muslim Faith

Buddhist Beliefs, The Accomplishments Of Tamerlane And The Thriving Samerqand, And Fundamental Knowledge Of The Muslim Faith

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Upon reading each of my selected sources in search for the appropriate answers, I noticed something remarkable. What I mean is I have learned much more about the individual cultures and civilizations of our ancient world then I had previously realized. Through completing writing assignments such as this one, I have been able to communicate my thoughts and opinions on countless topics. Among a few of the topics I have been able to address within this assignment specifically are: Buddhist beliefs, the accomplishments of Tamerlane and the thriving Samerqand, and fundamental knowledge of the Muslim faith. I have also been given the privilege to explore the diverse, captivating cultures of the Silk Road towns, the Mongols, the Bantu people, and the people of Mali.
Guanshiyin was a Buddhist religious figure that was known for saving people from dangerous situations and showing mercy to those who called on him. In each of the four Tales of Guanshiyin, the protagonist was in a circumstance in which she or he faced certain doom. Additionally, the person in jeopardy called upon Guanshiyin in one way or another. This was done in various fashions: The Widow Li and Sun Daode recited the Guanshiyin Sutra, the Two Rebels repeated Guanshiyin’s name over and over, and Wang Tao simply meditated on Guanshiyin. After Wang Tao was released from tiger’s grip, he began to live out his life as a faithful Buddhist layman (Lopez 86-89, 90-91).
In my opinion, Tamerlane was a state-builder, but I also see him as somewhat of a coward. Truthfully, the skilled craftsmen and laborers were the actual builders of Samerqand, Tamerlane just brought them together. When Clavijo describes Samerqand as “trade has always been fostered by Timur with the view of making h...


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... the Zanj and Mali cultures. The opportunities them have presented themselves through this assignment could not be easily mimicked.




Works Cited
Arberry, A. J., trans. The Koran Interpreted. Vol. 2. London: Allen & Unwin, 1955. Print.
Clavijo, Ruy Gonzalez De. Trans. Guy Le Strange. Embassy to Tamerlane. N.p.: Harper & Bros,
1928. 285+. Print.
Dawson, Christopher, ed. The Mongol Mission. New York: Sheed & Ward, 1955. 93+. Print.
Freeman-Greenville, G. S.P., ed. The Est African Coast: Select Documents. Oxford: Clarendon,
1962. 14-17. Print.
Latham, Ronald, trans. The Travels of Marco Polo. N.p.: Penguin Classics, 1958. 82+. Print.
Levtzion, N., and J. F. P. Hopkins, eds. Corpus of Early Arabic Sources for West African History.
N.p.: Cambridge UP, 1981. 284+. Print.
Lopez, Donald S., ed. Religions of China in Practice. N.p.: Princeton UP, 1996. 86+. Print.

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