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Author Morgan, Llewelyn,
Title The Buddhas of Bamiyan / Llewelyn Morgan.
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012.
Edition First Harvard University Press edition.

Series Wonders of the world
Wonders of the world (Cambridge, Mass.)
Subject Gautama Buddha -- Statues -- Afghanistan -- Bāmīān (Province)
Buddhist antiquities -- Afghanistan -- Bāmīān (Province)
Buddhist sculpture -- Afghanistan -- Bāmīān (Province)
Religion and culture -- Afghanistan.
Religion and politics -- Afghanistan.
Bamiyan Site (Afghanistan)
Bāmīān (Afghanistan : Province) -- Antiquities.
Bāmīān (Afghanistan : Province) -- History.
Bāmīān (Afghanistan : Province) -- Description and travel.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 242 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Edition First Harvard University Press edition.
Note "First published in the United Kingdom in 2012 by Profile Books ... London"--Title page verso.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 204-217) and index.
Contents Dynamite and celebrity -- Reimagining Bamiyan -- Islam contemplates the Buddhas -- On the trail of Alexander -- Bamiyan, its future and its past.
Summary For 1,400 years, two colossal Buddhas overlooked the Bamiyan Valley on the Silk Road in Afghanistan. The Buddhas embodied the intersection of East and West, and their destruction by the Taliban in 2001 provoked international outrage. Morgan excavates the layers of meaning these vanished wonders hold for a fractured Afghanistan.
For 1,400 years, two colossal figures of the Buddha overlooked the fertile Bamiyan Valley on the Silk Road in Afghanistan. Witness to a melting pot of passing monks, merchants, and armies, the Buddhas embodied the intersection of East and West, and their destruction by the Taliban in 2001 provoked international outrage. Llewelyn Morgan excavates the layers of meaning these vanished wonders hold for a fractured Afghanistan. Carved in the sixth and seventh centuries, the Buddhas represented a confluence of religious and artistic traditions from India, China, Central Asia, and Iran, and even an echo of Greek influence brought by Alexander the Great's armies. By the time Genghis Khan destroyed the town of Bamiyan six centuries later, Islam had replaced Buddhism as the local religion, and the Buddhas were celebrated as wonders of the Islamic world. Not until the nineteenth century did these figures come to the attention of Westerners. That is also the historical moment when the ground was laid for many of Afghanistan's current problems, including the rise of the Taliban and the oppression of the Hazara people of Bamiyan. In a strange twist, the Hazaras—descendants of the conquering Mongol hordes who stormed Bamiyan in the thirteenth century—had come to venerate the Buddhas that once dominated their valley as symbols of their very different religious identity.Incorporating the voices of the holy men, adventurers, and hostages throughout history who set eyes on the Bamiyan Buddhas, Morgan tells the history of this region of paradox and heartache.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780674065383 (electronic bk.)
0674065387 (electronic bk.)
9780674057883
0674057880
OCLC # 815276608
Additional Format Print version: Morgan, Llewelyn. Buddhas of Bamiyan. 1st Harvard University Press ed. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012 9780674057883 (DLC) 2012006342 (OCoLC)758383261