Reading Timurid Architecture: Recent Epigraphic Restorations in Samarkand

His Highness the Aga Khan, Chancellor of the University, addresses the audience of more than 300 representatives of government, His Highness's family and AKDN leadership. AKDN / Gary Otte
His Highness the Aga Khan, Chancellor of the University, addresses the audience of more than 300 representatives of government, His Highness’s family and AKDN leadership. AKDN / Gary Otte

Students of world history remind us how Central Asia, a thousand years ago, “led the world” in trade and investment, in urban development, in cultural and intellectual achievement. This was the place that leading thinkers from around the known world would look to for leadership. What were the latest breakthroughs in astronomy or mathematics, in chemistry or medicine, in philosophy or music? This was the place to find out. This region is where algebra got its name, where the earth’s diameter was precisely calculated, where some of the world’s greatest poetry was penned.

–His Highness the Aga Khan,
Inauguration of the Naryn Campus of the University of Central Asia,
October 19, 2016

 

 

Elena Paskaleva: Reading Timurid Architecture: Recent Epigraphic Restorations in Samarkand

 

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