Cultural Heritage on the Cusp of Silk Roads: Caravanserai Kharbooza in Islamabad

Historically, the caravanserais supported the flow of commerce, information, and people across the Silk Road networks of trade routes connecting Asia, North Africa, and southeastern Europe. Many thousands of caravanserais were built across the world, over the millennium, from the 9th to the 19th centuries, in the wake of spread and stability of Muslim rule in vast territories across continents, leading to the growth of land trade between...

Reclaiming Pakistan’s Central Asian Heritage

Little do we realize that Pakistan's historical cultural geography makes it as much a part of South Asia as it is of Central Asia. Historically linked by trade, politics and religion, Pakistan and Central Asia share a historic legacy, which is based on thousands of years of known interaction between the Central Asian and South Asian civilizations. The cultural imprint of Central Asia on the social fabric of Pakistan is reflected in its...

Defeating Terrorism to Promoting Tourism: Pakistan’s Promise for Cultural Diplomacy

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts,” wrote famous American writer Mark Twain in his 1869 travel book, The Innocents Abroad. Pakistan was a prominent tourist destination in the days of overland journey connecting Pakistan with its Asian neighbors in the 1960-70s. The “hippie trail” brought thousands of travelers from Western Europe and America to...