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The Balkh Art and Cultural Heritage Project 

BACH Project News

3 Dec 2013

Afghan colleagues visit to Oxford and Birmingham

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On Wednesday 20th November, the Balkh Art and Cultural Heritage Project were pleased to host two visitors from Afghanistan, Mr Hamed Reza Qarizada (National Archives, Kabul) and Mr Faridullah Farahmand (Kabul University) who are currently on an internship with the International Dunhuang Project (tag link at the British Library. During the day we had the opportunity to discuss at length the progress of the BACH Project, and introduce our guests to some of the Persian manuscripts currently held in the Bodleian Library, courtesy of Mr Alasdair Watson. We also managed a brief tour to see the extensive collections of the Ashmolean Museum.

As well as thanking the Bodleian Library and Mr Watson for their hospitality, we would like to extend our thanks to Dr Llewelyn Morgan for helping us host our visitors here in Oxford and to team-member Aslisho Qurboniev for his help organising the visit.

On Tuesday, 3rd December, BACH was pleased to host the visitors again in Birmingham. We are grateful to Professor David Parker, Director of The Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing, and his team for their hospitality, and the Cadbury Research Library Special Collections for presenting some of the Mingana Collection's illuminated Persian manuscripts.


Banner Image: Tepe Rustam of Balkh, thought to be the old Buddhist temple site of Naw Bahar. Photo by Arezou Azad