The Pearl of Khorasan: A History of Herat

The city of Herat in western Afghanistan long sat at the edge of empires and served as a hub for trade and a conduit for armies. Yet it has been much more than simply a staging post or plaything of political ambition. It has been an imperial capital, a city of extraordinary wealth, and has played host to a cultural renaissance to rival that of Florence. The lecture tells the history of this storied oasis city, from the invasions of Chingiz Khan in 1221 to the present day.

Presented by Mr Charlie Gammell. Charlie is a historian of Afghanistan and Iran who has written widely on Herat’s history and its place in Afghanistan. Educated at Oxford and Cambridge, he has worked in Afghanistan and Iran since 2009, interpreting Dari and Pashtu for the ICRC, advising UNESCO on cultural and historical projects, and researching the history of Herat.

22 March 2017

Where: St. Peter’s Parish Church Hall, Eaton Square, London SW1 at 7pm.

Tickets: Free to members and their guests.

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Where: 7.00 pm start at Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 - between Euston Station and Euston Square tube.

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