Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Afterword: One Reader Reading

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

From Joan-Pau Rubiés the author has taken the notion of the old Chinese proverb, shared across most of Eurasia for several centuries, of 'the world's three eyes.' Although Rubiés here is especially interested in teaching us the contents of the varying ambassadorial views his article conveys, he is also teaching us to think again about the incommensurability of 'cultures' this generation's scholarship has tended to take as an article of faith. From David J. Roxburgh the author have not only learned the concept of 'soft architecture,' which invokes so clearly the complex of profound feelings that divides, from the point of view of mainly agricultural societies, the 'civilized' from the 'barbarian', but also an articulation of the way in which Timur and his successors used that distinction to mark out their own specific imperial power-neither bending to nor dependent upon the 'hard' architecture of the conquered society.

Keywords: Chinese proverb; David J. Roxburgh; Joan-Pau Rubiés; Timur



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    The ‘Book’ of Travels: Genre, Ethnology, and Pilgrimage, 1250-1700 — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation