Visit a landlocked land of rugged mountains and rich natural resources. Meet the many peoples within Afghanistan’s tribal societal structure. Learn of Afghanistan’s long history of invasion, resistance, and civil war. Discover why Persian and Pashto prevail in this multilingual land. Find out why this troubled land has been called the "Chessboard of History."
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About the Author
Susan Whitfield runs the International Dunhuang Project at the British Library, which provides online access to hundreds of thousands of manuscripts, paintings, and archaeological artifacts from the eastern Silk Road. The author of numerous books and articles on the Silk Road and China, Whitfield travels widely in the region and curates relevant exhibitions. She lectures and teaches worldwide.
Thomas Barfield is Professor and Chairman of the Anthropology Department at Boston University. He is the author of "The Central Asian Arabs of Afganistan," "The Perilous Frontier," and "The Nomadic Alternative," as well as co-editor of "Afghanistan: an Atlas of Indigenous Domestic Architecture."