Said Reza Huseini: Slavery in Eastern Iranian World

/ University of Toronto Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Institute of Iranian Studies


Said Reza Huseini


Join host, Yasamin Jameh, in learning about slavery in the Bactria, an ancient Iranian civilization in Central Asia centred in areas that comprise most of modern-day Afghanistan, parts of Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. 
The 38th episode of Parse is an excerpt of a presentation given by Said Reza Huseini which addresses Bactrian documents and their importance for understanding the socio-political history of late antique Bactria. The documents were written in Bactrian, the only Middle Iranian language written in the Greek alphabet. They were found in the northern part of the Hindukush in modern Afghanistan, a region that roughly covered late antique Bactria. Husseini briefly speaks on the contents of these documents and then focuses on slavery as reflected in these manuscripts. 
Said Reza Huseini is a Research Fellow at King’s College, Cambridge. Growing up in Afghanistan, a country disrupted by war for the last four decades, his journey of education and research is set against an experience of forced migration. Husseini’s doctoral dissertation, undertaken at Leiden University in the Netherlands, investigated the diverse and dynamic processes of the Arab Muslim conquests of Bactria in the seventh and eighth centuries. To do so, he worked with literary sources together with other sources of material culture to analyze the consolidation of Arab Muslim rule in eastern Iranian regions. Currently, he is working on his new project, “The Mughals’ Mongols: A Sixteenth Century Indian Version of Mongol History.” 
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