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Bactrian Documents from Northern Afghanistan Part II

Bactrian Documents from Northern Afghanistan
Part II: Letters and Buddhist texts


Published 2007

Nicholas Sims-Williams

During the last twenty years, more than 150 documents in Bactrian, the language of pre-Islamic Afghanistan, have come to light. These documents, which have been deciphered and published by Nicholas Sims-Williams, provide unique information on the history and culture of Afghanistan and neighbouring lands in the 4th to the 8th centuries, as well as revealing a Middle Iranian language which was hardly known before.

Part II of this volume includes letters, both official and personal, and Buddhist texts, as well as an outline grammar and a comprehensive glossary

About the author(s)

Professor Nicolas Sims-Williams – Fellow of the British Academy; Research Professor of Iranian and Central Asian Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; specialist in Middle Iranian languages of Eastern Iran and Central Asia, including Sogdian and Bactrian


326 pages; 31 x 22 cm hardback; 2007; ISBN 1-874780-90-0 (10 digit), ISBN: 978-1-874780-90-8 (13 digit)


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