Tuesday, May 1, 2007

LECTURE- Robert McChesney, Secrets of Tamerlane's Tomb, Seattle, May 10, 2007

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LECTURE- Robert McChesney, Secrets of Tamerlane's Tomb, Seattle, May 10, 2007

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The Silkroad Foundation, Simpson Center for the Humanities (University of
Washington) and other University of Washington sponsors are pleased to
announce the final lecture in this year's Seattle Silk Road series:

"Secrets of Tamerlane's Tomb"
Robert D. McChesney
New York University

Thursday, May 10, 2007
7 pm
Kane Hall 110
University of Washington Seattle campus
The lecture is free and open to the public.

About the lecture:

Tamerlane's tomb, the Gur-i Amir in Samarkand, has been a subject of
fascination and speculation since its initial construction in 1404.
The great domed tomb complex has undergone numerous changes in the
past half millennium and those changes have helped spark legends and
stories of its secrets and mysteries. Based on long extant as well as
recently discovered evidence, this illustrated talk will trace the
evolution of the tomb and the stories about it from its founding until
its emergence in the late 20th century as an iconic symbol of the
modern Uzbek government.

About the speaker:

R. D. McChesney is Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and
History at New York University. He is the author of Waqf in Central
Asia (1991), Central Asia: Foundations of Change (1996) and Kabul
Under Siege (1999) as well as numerous articles on the social and
economic history of the eastern Persianate world.

The lectures are made possible with funding from the Silkroad
Foundation and the following University of Washington sponsors: the
Simpson Center for the Humanities; the Ellison Center for Russian,
East European and Central Asian Studies; the Department of Near
Eastern Languages and Civilization; the Division of Art History,
School of Art; the Department of History; and the Department of Asian
Languages and Literature.

For more information, visit

http://depts.washington.edu/uwch/projects_silkroad0607.htm, or contact Florian
Schwarz at fschwarz@u.washington.edu

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