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2010 Trek to Khiva

Retracing the Great Trek along the Silk Road has become an annual event for Mennonites who descended from the original trekkers. This year, the tour to Khiva happens from May 23 – June 3, 2010. Click here to find out…

First Book Newsletter

Here’s a recent promotional letter. Thanks everyone for the great response! ————————————- Greetings, I want to let you know about my new book from Wipf and Stock Publishers called Pilgrims on the Silk Road: A Muslim-Christian Encounter in Khiva. Pilgrims…

Feature article in Georgetown newspaper

I was one of seven featured alumni last week in the 90th anniversary issue of The Hoya newspaper. Here’s the full text, along with some of the video pieces I refer to in the article: http://www.thehoya.com/opinion/field-work-grounded-classroom/ Field Work Grounded in…

Latest Endorsement

http://www.pilgrimsonthesilkroad.com/ This endorsement really captures an important focus of the book: “Pilgrims on the Silk Road is a captivating story. The book has planted the Mennonite presence deeply in the encounter with a multi-sided Islamic culture. I cannot think of…

Book images and illustrations

http://www.pilgrimsonthesilkroad.com/ Click here to order a copy of Pilgrims on the Silk Road (The Great Highway of Central Asia – London Illustrated Daily, 1885) Among the features of Pilgrims on the Silk Road I am proud of are the woodcuts, photos…

Book Ready for Early Orders!

http://www.pilgrimsonthesilkroad.com/ Click Here for the Earlybird Discount! The book is now available – just in time for Christmas! The official release date is in January. However, the publisher has kindly released the book for sale now during the holiday season.…

The Secret History of December 25th

http://www.pilgrimsonthesilkroad.com/ (Adoration of the Magi - Fourth century Sarcophagus) Around this time of year, questions about the exact date of Jesus’s birth pop up in sermons and over dinner tables everywhere. The most common explanation I hear is that Jesus was likely…

The first book endorsements are in!

www.PilgrimsOnTheSilkRoad.com In Pilgrims on the Silk Road, Ratliff has brought to light a fascinating but little known chapter in the history of European involvement in Central Asia, along the silk road. His portrait of the Mennonite mission to Khiva makes…

Lost Army Found in Egyptian Desert

http://www.pilgrimsonthesilkroad.com/ It’s amazing when a shift of the wind uncovers the truth behind a legend. The Greek historian Herodotus (484 – 425 B.C.) once wrote about more than 50,000 Persian soldiers who vanished without a trace in a Saharan sandstorm. The event was…