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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.
The purpose of Part III of this volume is to illustrate the new documents as comprehensively as possible. In addition to 230 pages of photographs, the volume contains a complete catalogue of the documents.
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
270 pages halftone illustrations hardback 31 x 22 cm; ISBN 1-874780-91-9 (10 digit), ISBN: 978-1-874780-91-5 (13 digit); £35, $70PURCHASE