Samarqand: Travels Through Medieval Islamic Cities with Dr. Sabahat Adil - Context Travel

Samarqand: Travels Through Medieval Islamic Cities with Dr. Sabahat Adil


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Join us as we will travel to Uzbekistan to explore the city of Samarqand. In this seminar, learners will travel to this famed Central Asian city, which was an important hub along the Silk Road in the medieval era. We will learn about its history as a significant trading center as well as its remarkable monuments.

Samarqand is an ancient city with a vibrant history and robust architectural monuments to highlight this past. Over the years, it has been home to various dynasties, including the Abbasids, Mongols, and Timurids. These dynasties brought a unique set of traditions and ideas, and the history of Samarqand is a testament to this lively past. Once a part of the Soviet Union, Samarqand is now in Uzbekistan, a country focused on preserving its past history.

Samarqand is home to a number of important palatial sites, mausolea, and even scientific observatories, all of which we will explore during this seminar. Given its location, Samarqand is a particularly fruitful city to visit to familiarize ourselves with how so many different traditions can impact a single place. In this case, religious beliefs such as Zoroastrianism and Islam came together in Samarqand, as did different styles of political leadership, artistry, and more.

Led by an expert on Mediterranean and Islamic history and culture, Sabahat Adil, this interactive seminar will explore Samarqand’s dynamic history and culture in the medieval era. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the history of the city, particularly in terms of its robust role in cultural, intellectual, and economic life.

This conversation is part of a four-part series on Medieval Islamic cities with Dr. Sabahat Adil. Each seminar can be joined independently and in any order.

Passionate about the past and its connections with the present, Sabahat Adil, PhD has expertise on the history of the Mediterranean and Islamic worlds, particularly in terms of cultural history. She earned her PhD from the University of Chicago and has taught extensively at a variety of institutions, including the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Newberry Library. Her research and publications focus on the history of North Africa and medieval Iberia. Sabahat has also worked in museum settings, including the Freer and Sackler in Washington, D.C. and the Field Museum in Chicago.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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T.L.
An enchanting city

I visited Samarqand three years ago with a personal guide, a wonderful trip of course and was very pleased to revisit the city at least virtually under the professional guidance of Dr Sabahat Adil. I especially liked the fact that you could feel her desire to get the most important elements across so that you actually learn something.

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H.S.
Great seminar!

Very informative with a great mix of history and present-day information! Loved the photos of architecture & building styles!

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j.
Excellent

This is the fourth program I have attended given by Dr. Adil.
Having traveled through the area she covered, I already had a grasp of the history and culture. I appreciated her well chosen selections for discussions, as well as her insightful perspective. Her presentations go beyond the tour book recipes.

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L.W.

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I travelled to Samarkand some years( eons !) ago and signed on to Dr Adil's presentation for a trip down memory lane ... it .was a delightful experience in which she highlighted some of the glories of architecture of the fabled city in a way that made me wish she had been the leader of my past trip !..... her command of period architecture and some of the subtle points therein were discussed with erudition and presented in a manner that demonstrated the depths of Drb Adil,s knowledge of the subject and her enthusiasms for the history of the time . Well done CONTEXT !!

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
86%
(6)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
14%
(1)
T
T.L.
An enchanting city

I visited Samarqand three years ago with a personal guide, a wonderful trip of course and was very pleased to revisit the city at least virtually under the professional guidance of Dr Sabahat Adil. I especially liked the fact that you could feel her desire to get the most important elements across so that you actually learn something.

H
H.S.
Great seminar!

Very informative with a great mix of history and present-day information! Loved the photos of architecture & building styles!

j
j.
Excellent

This is the fourth program I have attended given by Dr. Adil.
Having traveled through the area she covered, I already had a grasp of the history and culture. I appreciated her well chosen selections for discussions, as well as her insightful perspective. Her presentations go beyond the tour book recipes.

L
L.W.

Guest did not leave comment

A
A.

I travelled to Samarkand some years( eons !) ago and signed on to Dr Adil's presentation for a trip down memory lane ... it .was a delightful experience in which she highlighted some of the glories of architecture of the fabled city in a way that made me wish she had been the leader of my past trip !..... her command of period architecture and some of the subtle points therein were discussed with erudition and presented in a manner that demonstrated the depths of Drb Adil,s knowledge of the subject and her enthusiasms for the history of the time . Well done CONTEXT !!