Afghanistan: history of a land of culture and anarchy

Afghan history is a morass of empires and dynasties, conquest and collapse, creativity and decay.

Bijan Omrani, author of Afghanistan: A Companion and Guide, unravels the past of this turbulent land at the heart of Asia, and traces its story from ancient times to the modern era.

This event took place on 10 June 2011.


Image: Gold crown from Tillya Tepe, 1st century AD. National Museum of Afghanistan © Thierry Ollivier / Musée Guimet.

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