China planning New Silk Road to Europe – People Daily com,China

  China is planning a “New Silk Road” that will run through Central Asia and continue into Europe facilitating improved transport and trade.The road will complement a planned “Silk Track” railway that will also boost connections with Europe and the countries in between, officials and experts have confirmed. Sources with the Xinjiang highway administration said…

Nasir Khusraw: a Living Tradition Mr Kutub Kassam – IIS

This article originally appeared in a booklet published by The Institute of Ismaili Studies, The Expressions of the Pamir, and has been updated by the author for inclusion on the IIS website. Abstract The Ismailis of the Badkahshan region of Tajikistan and Afghanitan constitute an important part of the Shi‘a Ismaili Muslim community today, with…

Central Asia: The Land the West Forgot – Bangkok Post

Source: Bangkok Post ***** For decades _ centuries even _ much of the world has regarded Central Asia as little more than a blank on the map, synonymous not with the centre of Asia but with the middle of nowhere. Yet for two millennia, the deserts, grasslands, oases and mountain ranges between the Caspian Sea…