Christianity in Asia, 600 to 1500


Christianity in Asia


This map of the Middle East and Asia shows the distribution of Islam,
Buddhism and Hinduism, and the medieval expansion of Christianity,
largely along the trade routes of Central Asia and the Persian Gulf,
up to about 1500 CE. Arrows depict Nestorian, Coptic (Egyptian Monophysite), and Syrian missions.

The map also shows the location of metropolitan sees and important churches and monasteries.

The Manichees, whose dualist religion had been persecuted in the Christian west, were also active in China.

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The Times Complete History of the World (2007), p. 114