2002 - The Years Of Rice And Salt

Discuss the novel The Years Of Rice And Salt

I just wanted to say that this is one of my favourite novels of all time, and to thank KSR for acknowledging how integral the Haudenosaunee where and are to the shaping of North America, and I salute his deep regard for my culture in thinking of how influential we could have been in a different world where we were not decimated by disease, warfare, and colonization.

Hello KSR fans! I am embarking on an attempt to do one illustration from every chapter of The Years of Rice and Salt. Today I drew Bold the Mongolian raider, surveying a deserted town. Will I be able to make it to A.H. 1423? We'll see!

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Hi, I'm currently a student majoring in Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University. I recently finished reading [i]The Years of Rice and Salt[/i], and am wondering if anyone could help me identify several passages attributed to the Qur'an in support of reincarnation, found on pages 421 and 422. Among them: "God generates beings, and sends them back over and over again, till they return to Him;" "I tell you of a truth, that the spirits which now have affinity will be kindred together, although they all meet in new persons and names;" and "His body falls off like the shell of a crab, and he forms a new one. The person is only a mask which the soul puts on for a season, wears for its proper time, and then casts off, and another is worn in its stead." I know that some Sufis and a few Ismaili Shi'a sects believe in reincarnation, but this is the first I've ever heard of it being sanctioned in the Qur'an. I tried searching the quotes online, without any success. Is it possible they could be from the Hadiths instead? I would appreciate any help in tracking down the source of these verses. I can't imagine KSR would have simply made them up, considering the depth of his scholarship otherwise. Thanks.

Is it possible they might be from the Hadith? I'll greatly appreciate any help I can get in identifying the source of these verses. I can't imagine that Kim Stanley Robinson would have made them up, considering the obvious depth of his scholarship throughout the rest of the book. Thank you.

I am no specialist, but I will try to find more information.

An internet search has produced the following:

"He gave you life; then will He cause you to die, and will again bring you to life; and again to Him will ye return."
Koran 2:28, very close to the first quote
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"I tell you of a truth, that the spirits which now have affinity will be kindred together, although they all meet in new persons and names"
This seems to come from "The New Koran", whatever that might be (Sufi?).
[url]http://books.google.com/books?id=kKnjoeTwo9cC&pg=PA243&lpg=PA243&dq=%22a...

It may interest you to know that [u]The Years of Rice and Salt[/u] inspired this map: [url]http://www.cyon.se/#!alkebu-lan/ck0q[/url]

[quote=Jeffrey A. Ehrnman]I have read the trilogy and "The Martians" and found I am always trying to find a map or illustration... So I compiled a list. Here goes...
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