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Aga Khan Trust Culture - Sept / Oct 2008 Afghanistan Newsletter

HISTORIC BATH HOUSES Building on the experience gakred during 2005/6 in the rehabilitation of a communal bath-house or hammam in the Asherian we Arefan neighbourhood (see AKTC Newsletter #11), surveys were undertaken of other historic facilities in the old cities of Kabul and Herat.

CONFERENCE ON BOWED INSTRUMENTS Between 21st and 28th September, members of the the Aga Khan Music Initiative for Central Asia (AKMICA) attended an international conference and workshop on bowed instruments organised by Académie Musicale de Villecroze, France.

LIVING TRADITIONS, BAGHE BABUR On 10th October 2008, the opening took place in the Queen's Palace in Baghe Babur of an exhibition that brings together work by artists from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan.

QALA IKHTYARUDDIN Work began in October on the transformation of rooms in Qala Ikhtyaruddin into secure stores for objects from the archaeological museum and archives presently housed elsewhere in the historic citadel of Herat.

NAQASHI MOSQUE CONSERVATION The Naqashi mosque in Momandha quarter retains a finely-carved marble mihrab (below) that has been cleaned and conserved during the course of ongoing repairs to the main prayer space and courtyard.

DESTRUCTION OF SADIYEH MOSQUE Despite assurances from the authorities in Herat that historic property in the old city will be safeguarded, and that the provisions of the Law on Cultural Heritage respected, yet another listed historic building was illegally demolished in early October.