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Bamiyan: Historical

Title:Bamiyan: Historical
Author:Anand, Mulk Raj
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 24 Issue no. 2; March 1971, p. 5-10
Abstract:A historical survey of the socio-cultural and political influences in Bamiyan: "provincial Hellenism" brought in by Alexander's invasion and the Macedonian conquests between 334-327 BCE; the Greco-Bactrian-Achaemenid-Iranian culture, which met the mainstream of Buddhist civilization in Gandhara in Ashoka's time; the Shakas (135 BCE); the Sasanians (3rd century), who followed Zorastrianism, but allowed Buddhism to continue in Bamiyan; Gupta and post-Gupta times, as documented by the travellers Fa Hsien (c. 400) and Huen Tsang (632); the Ghaznavids (11th century); Jeljuk Turks (1140); Shahsabanid dynasty; and the Mongol invasion (13th century).

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