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Hidden Stories: Books Along the Silk Roads


From antiquity to the Middle Ages and beyond, the Silk Roads were trade routes across land and sea that linked Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Along the Silk Roads, people travelled: merchants and scholars and pilgrims, knowledge-seekers and diplomats and spies. Goods travelled: silk, gold, ivory, porcelain, paper, furs, and amber. Stories, ideas, and skills travelled.

And books travelled, too.

In a landmark exhibition co-curated by Suzanne Conklin Akbari and Filiz Çakır Phillip along with a team of experts, step in to learn more about books along the Silk Roads and their hidden stories.

Visit the Aga Khan Museum. 

Take a virtual walk through the gallery.

Explore this digital exhibit.

Watch videos about objects in the exhibition.

Listen to a podcast about the exhibition.

Map of the Silk Roads Map by Patricia Bentley and Christine Elson.