Journals Higher Education



This item is printed to order. Items which are printed to order are normally despatched and charged within 5-10 days.

Published: 12 December 2013

240 Pages | 13 colour plates, 7 b/w in-text figures, 3 maps


ISBN: 9780199687053

Also Available As:


Also Available In:

Bookseller Code (AJ)

Sacred Landscape in Medieval Afghanistan

Revisiting the Faḍā"il-i Balkh

Arezou Azad

Oxford Oriental Monographs

  • Looks at the influence of Buddhism in early Islamic history,
  • Highlights that the sacredness of a holy Islamic site precedes the arrival of Islam by many centuries
  • Describes how the history of a place is created through the collation of accounts and their repetition and adaptations over the centuries, providing a case study of Islamic historiography through the historical analysis of one concrete place.
  • Gives insight into the human values that served as examples of moral excellence in the mediaeval Islamic world.
  • Broadens understanding of the silk road and Islamic history in Afghanistan beyond a Middle East-focussed and Kabul-centred approach.