Conquerors and Caravans: Culture and Society in Medieval Central Asia
Presented by Lisa Balabanlilar, associate professor of history, Rice University
In June 2016, Professor Lisa Balabanlilar and a group of Rice alumni and faculty made a trek to Central Asia to explore the western Silk Road. For centuries, the oasis cities of Samarqand, Bukhara, Merv, and Khiva were the center of a global caravan trade and served as the glittering capital cities of a long series of merchant kingdoms and conquerors, from the Sogdian Persians to the Turco-Mongol Empires of Genghis Khan and Tamerlane, to the Soviet Russians.
This lecture provides historical and cultural context for the exhibition Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats. Balabanlilar traces Central Asia’s fascinating history from the Middle Ages through the flourishing 19th century, and details the complex challenges the region faces today.
• $5 MFAH Members
• $10 Nonmembers
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