Sacred Landscape in Medieval Afghanistan: Revisiting the by Arezou Azad

By Arezou Azad

This booklet is set a sacred position known as Balkh, recognized to the traditional Greeks as Bactra. positioned within the north of modern Afghanistan, alongside the silk street, Balkh was once holy to many. The Prophet Zoroaster is rumoured to have died the following, and through past due antiquity, Balkh used to be the house of the Naw Bahār, a famed Buddhist temple and monastery. via the 10th century, Balkh had develop into a serious centre of Islamic studying and early poetry within the New Persian language that grew
after the Islamic conquests and remains to be spoken in Iran, Afghanistan and elements of critical Asia today.
In this e-book, Arezou Azad presents the 1st in-depth research of the sacred websites and panorama of medieval Balkh, which maintains to exemplify age-old sanctity within the Persian-speaking international and the japanese lands of Islam quite often. Azad makes a speciality of the 5 centuries from the Islamic conquests within the 8th century to simply prior to the coming of the Mongols within the 13th century, the an important interval within the emergence of Perso-Islamic historiography and Islamic felony inspiration. The e-book strains the
development of 'sacred landscape', the idea position has a sensory that means, as designated from a merely topographical area. This opens up new chances for our realizing of Islamisation within the jap Islamic lands, and particularly the transition from Buddhism to Islam. Azad deals a
new examine the medieval neighborhood heritage of Balkh, the Faḍā"il-i Balkh, and analyses its production of a sacred panorama for Balkh. In doing so, she presents a compelling instance of the way the sacredness of a spot is perpetuated via narratives, regardless of the dominant faith or spiritual strand of the time.

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