Friday, 4 February 2011

Frantz Grenet on the Qarakhanids

Organised by the Ancient India & Iran Trust, Professor Frantz Grenet held a lecture on December 10, 2010 at theFaculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, called:

The rediscovery of the court culture of the Qarakhanids (11th-early 13th centuries): recent results of the French-Uzbek Archaeological Mission at Afrasiab (Samarkand)

The Qarakhanids, the first Muslim Turkish dynasty, who ruled Transoxiana or part of it from 999 to 1212 AD, have not, until now, enjoyed a great reputation as patrons of the arts. This picture is now changing dramatically, mainly because of the recent discovery by the French-Uzbek Archaeological Mission at Samarkand of a cycle of mural paintings in a royal pavilion dating from the end of that period.

Curious?, go to the homepage of Professor Grenet and click HERE

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