Silk Road Trade & Travel Encyclopedia
İPEK YOLU ve YOLLARI ANSİKLOPEDİSİ
Welcome to "SILK ROUTES.Net"
Discover the ancient trade routes that
crisscrossed Eurasia for nearly 3,000 years.
The Silk Routes linked merchants in China to their counterparts along the routes to Central Asia, India, Arabia, Turkey and Europe.
This website aims to serve as an educational online encyclopedia that provides information for educators, students, tourists, researchers, and business communities. Material is attributed to reliable sources, however Silk Routes.Net cannot guarantee the validity of information found here, or through links to other websites such as Wikipedia.
About the site owner
Yasemin Dobra-Manço is a writer-journalist based in Istanbul who has conducted research on Western encounters with the East. Her M.A. thesis at Columbia University (Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures Department, New York, 1986) was on Orientalism, focusing on the Western image of Turks and the Ottoman Empire. During her studies, the topic of Orientalism was vigorously debated due to the scholarship of Columbia University Professor Edward Said, an influential author and critic of the Western study of Eastern cultures, known best for his book Orientalism. In addition, she has studied at the United Nations International School, Vassar College, School of Oriental and African Studies, and Oxford University (matriculated St. John's College, Oriental Studies). Her formal education includes 6 languages. She has traveled extensively throughout the world, and in countries along the silk, spice and incense routes from the nations of the Far East and Indian subcontinent, to The Gulf, North Africa and the Mediterranean. Other academic subjects of interest include maritime trade, geo-politics, Ottoman history, comparative religion, and art history. As an educator, she has focused on Western misconceptions of the Orient, and taught courses on public relations and lobbying on behalf of Turkey with the aim of promoting a more accurate understanding of this secular democratic nation founded by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
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