My Lecture at the British Council in Cairo: Tales from the Silk Road (Aug 4th)

Tonight I give a lecture to SaharaSafaris community about the Silk Road, in an effort to share my travel experience with those interested in the theme:

“The phrase “Silk Road” still conjures up images of romance and mystery; it resonates with names such as Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, al-Khwarizmi and Marco Polo, and it evokes the human spirit of exploration and discovery of a magical bygone age.
Places like Samarkand, Bukhara, or Khotan continue to fascinate with the richness of their history, the authenticity of their traditions, and the artistic splendour of their monuments.” – Luce Boulnois

Here is the outline of the presentation…

Introduction (Slides & Info):

– What is the Silk Road
– History & Geography of the Silk Road
– The Second Silk Road

Tales from the Silk Road (Storytelling):

– Bombyx Moria
– The Adventures of Zhang Qian
– In Search for Tianma
– The Tarim Mummies & Marco Polo
– The Silk Princess
– What the Arabs didn’t know
– Men from the Moon
– The World Marketplace of Sindbad the Sailor
– The Tower of Death
– The Kiss of Doom
– The Blood-Stained Quran
– In the Name of God-Knows-What

At the heart of the Silk Road (Photos & Music):

– Samarkand – Bukhara – Khiva