Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The habitable part of the world; the part of the world inhabited by man.

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  • noun obsolete All known inhabited areas of the world.
  • noun religion Unification of Christianity.

Etymologies

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From Latin oecumenicus, from Ancient Greek οἰκουμένη (oikouménē, "inhabited world"), from οἰκέω (oikéō, "I inhabit, dwell"), from οἶκος (oikos, "residence").

Examples

  • It was an idea far ahead of its time, born of a desire not merely to "civilize" a seemingly moribund Muslim world, but to unite East and West, the Baghdad Railway could have fostered not just greater economic integration for European benefit, but an inter-cultural renaissance across Eurasia as well evoking heyday of the great Muslim Empires -- Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal -- that last united these lands into one broad cultural ecumene.

    Mark Levine: Sonic Peacemakers Go Where the Rest of Us Fear to Tread

  • It was an idea far ahead of its time, born of a desire not merely to "civilize" a seemingly moribund Muslim world, but to unite East and West, the Baghdad Railway could have fostered not just greater economic integration for European benefit, but an inter-cultural renaissance across Eurasia as well evoking heyday of the great Muslim Empires -- Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal -- that last united these lands into one broad cultural ecumene.

    Mark Levine: Sonic Peacemakers Go Where the Rest of Us Fear to Tread

  • It was an idea far ahead of its time, born of a desire not merely to "civilize" a seemingly moribund Muslim world, but to unite East and West, the Baghdad Railway could have fostered not just greater economic integration for European benefit, but an inter-cultural renaissance across Eurasia as well evoking heyday of the great Muslim Empires -- Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal -- that last united these lands into one broad cultural ecumene.

    Mark Levine: Sonic Peacemakers Go Where the Rest of Us Fear to Tread

  • It was an idea far ahead of its time, born of a desire not merely to "civilize" a seemingly moribund Muslim world, but to unite East and West, the Baghdad Railway could have fostered not just greater economic integration for European benefit, but an inter-cultural renaissance across Eurasia as well evoking heyday of the great Muslim Empires -- Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal -- that last united these lands into one broad cultural ecumene.

    Mark Levine: Sonic Peacemakers Go Where the Rest of Us Fear to Tread

  • It was an idea far ahead of its time, born of a desire not merely to "civilize" a seemingly moribund Muslim world, but to unite East and West, the Baghdad Railway could have fostered not just greater economic integration for European benefit, but an inter-cultural renaissance across Eurasia as well evoking heyday of the great Muslim Empires -- Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal -- that last united these lands into one broad cultural ecumene.

    Mark Levine: Sonic Peacemakers Go Where the Rest of Us Fear to Tread

  • It was an idea far ahead of its time, born of a desire not merely to "civilize" a seemingly moribund Muslim world, but to unite East and West, the Baghdad Railway could have fostered not just greater economic integration for European benefit, but an inter-cultural renaissance across Eurasia as well evoking heyday of the great Muslim Empires -- Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal -- that last united these lands into one broad cultural ecumene.

    Mark Levine: Sonic Peacemakers Go Where the Rest of Us Fear to Tread

  • It was an idea far ahead of its time, born of a desire not merely to "civilize" a seemingly moribund Muslim world, but to unite East and West, the Baghdad Railway could have fostered not just greater economic integration for European benefit, but an inter-cultural renaissance across Eurasia as well evoking heyday of the great Muslim Empires -- Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal -- that last united these lands into one broad cultural ecumene.

    Mark Levine: Sonic Peacemakers Go Where the Rest of Us Fear to Tread

  • Here I find the similarity between historiography of Chinese ethnology and of world history: first, both studied assumed units (civilizations or minzus), then moved to relations or interactions among units, and finally noticed the emerging ecumene (world-system, or the Chinese nation). back

    Between Winds and Clouds: The Making of Yunnan (Second Century BCE to Twentieth Century CE)

  • Perhaps the most relevant aspect of Appadurai's perspective is the distinction he finds between the forms of knowledge held by producers and consumers in relation to the commodities that unite and distinguish them, and the important role intermediate merchant communities play in bridging, or not bridging, those gaps in commodity knowledge across the various trajectories of the ecumene.

    Connecting Histories in Afghanistan: Market Relations and State Formation on a Colonial Frontier

  • A living ‘Europe’ is therefore arising today as a branch of the all-human ecumene….

    The Great Experiment

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