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Published: 14 February 2014

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

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780199687053

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Sacred Landscape in Medieval Afghanistan

Revisiting the Fadā'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

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