ournalist, Edmund O’Donovan, elected Chief Khan of Merv, from Merv: A Story of Adventures and Captivity Epitomized from ‘The Merv Oasis’ by Edmund O’Donovan, 1883.

Books about Afghanistan 3 by Nicholas Barrington

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Those of you who enjoyed reading the articles by our trustee Sir Nicholas Barrington on his collection of books about the 19th-century history of Afghanistan, the ‘Great Game’ and northern India in the last two issues of Indiran (14 and 15) may like to know that a third article is now available. It covers more about the western (Herat) side of Afghanistan, with pictures of some of the remarkable characters involved. Sir Nicholas is working on a fourth article, which will include material on often-forgotten Baluchistan and the lead-up to …

New Issue of INDIRAN now online

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Issue 16 of of our newsletter, Indiran, is now available to view here. We hope you enjoy reading it. If you would like a print copy please contact our Administrator, Munizha Ahmad-Cooke, by emailing [email protected] or calling 01223 356841.

Friends Tour of Gold of the Great Steppe at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

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By Janet Pope and Peter Jackson, Friends of the Trust The Trust arranged two guided tours of this exhibition for its Friends on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 January, and we went along to the second. We had previously made an independent visit, so knew what was on display, but knew little of the background that our guide, Dr Rebecca Roberts, so helpfully filled in. Dr Roberts explained that these finds from came from burial tombs, called kurgans, which have been excavated very recently. The artefacts on display were the …

Celebrating James Kinnier Wilson’s 100th Birthday

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By Professor Nicholas Postgate, Trinity College, Cambridge On the evening of 26 November the Trust hosted an unusual event, to celebrate the 100th birthday of James V. Kinnier Wilson, a frequent attendee at the Friday Lectures. At Exeter College Oxford, after wartime service on the North-West frontier and in Burma, James studied Akkadian and Hebrew at the feet of Oliver Gurney and Godfrey Driver, with an M Litt in 1950, and his path then took him via Durham, Chicago and Toronto to the Akkadian teaching post at Cambridge in 1955. …