Cairo to Kabul: Afghan and Islamic Studies
Editors Warwick Ball and Len Harrow
The impressive collection of papers in this volume has been put together by an international group of scholars to celebrate the life-time achievement of Ralph Pinder-Wilson. The papers relate to the areas of his main interests, namely Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, the Indian Subcontinent, and the Near East and Islamic world as a whole.
They cover a broad range of subjects, including the archaeology, architecture, art history, ethnography, museum collections and history of the region. Of appeal to collectors, art historians, archaeologists and historians, the papers in this volume also form an invaluable source for Afghanistan and Islamic studies generally. The book contains many black and white plates and drawings, including two pages of color.
Islamic art historian and archaeologist, Ralph Pinder-Wilson is a former Director of the British Institute of Afghan Studies in Kabul and Assistant Keeper at the Department of Oriental Antiquities of the British Museum. He joined the Oriental Department of the British Museum in 1948, leaving in 1976 to become the Director of the British Institute of Afghan Studies, where he carried out field studies on Ghaznavid and Ghurid architecture.
After the closure of the Institute in 1982 Ralph Pinder Wilson has held a number of research positions and has carried out consultancy work in the field of Islamic art history. He is the author of many works on Islamic paintings, gardens, glass studies, architecture and art history generally