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Mother of Cities: The Oxford Balkh History Project

As we fully enter the conference season, many will be reminded that a “panel” implies varying degrees of cohesion between the different speakers.  Conference-goers who attended “Balkh: Transformation of a Sacred City in the Early Islamic Era” at the recent ASPS conference in Sarajevo from September 1-6 witnessed a panel in which all of the speakers had been working together for over two years using entirely different sources in different languages to address a common set of research problems related to the city of Balkh in northern Afghanistan.  Continue reading Mother of Cities: The Oxford Balkh History Project

Hidden Treasure-Trove of Manuscripts: The Oriental Department of the St. Petersburg State University Library

St. Petersburg’s status as a world-class destination for the study of Islamic manuscripts is well-established.  The Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Rare Books Collection of the National Library are hallowed grounds for pawing through ancient texts.  Continue reading Hidden Treasure-Trove of Manuscripts: The Oriental Department of the St. Petersburg State University Library