Professor Johan Elverskog
Johan Elverskog is a world-renowned scholar of China and Inner Asia (especially Mongolia, Central Asia, Tibet and the Silk Road). He received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and his MA and PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington, and is currently Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University. He is the author and editor of seven books and numerous articles, all of which focus on the history of Inner Asia and include Uygur Buddhist Literature and the multiple award-winning Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road. His work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Research Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, among others. Dr. Elverskog specializes in the history of religions, especially their spread and interactions along the Silk Roads, and has been an invited speaker around the world. He speaks Tibetan, Mongolian, Uygur, and Chinese.
Tours Led by Johan Elverskog
- Central Asia Silk Road Tour of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan April 18 - May 5, 2018 | Johan Elverskog ‘Silk Road’ – the very phrase conjures up images of camel caravans heavily laden with precious goods, slowly moving along barely-visible tracks through an endless desert. Conquered by names engraved in history books - Alexander the Great, Genghiz Khan,Tamerlane - Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan are where empires were born.
- Tour Western China’s Silk Road September 13 - 29, 2018 | Johan Elverskog, Co-sponsored with History News Network Begin in X'ian where a king enshrined hundreds of clay warriors in his grave. See the renowned Mogao Caves filled with ornate Buddhist paintings, explore one of the world's oldest continuous markets in Kashgar, learn about the Uighur culture, and travel through the Taklamakan Desert by camel to see the earliest Buddhist pagoda. Highlights will include Kashgar market, Turpan, Kuqa, Urumqi and much more.