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Dr Mehreen Chida-Razvi

My Favourite Countries

  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan

Dr Mehreen Chida-Razvi is a Research Associate in the Department of the History of Art at SOAS, University of London, and an Assistant Editor for the International Journal of Islamic Architecture. She specializes in the history of Islamic art, architecture and material culture in the early modern era, with a particular emphasis on the Persianate regions of Mughal South Asia, Iran and Central Asia.

With her vast knowledge and passion for Central Asia, we are thrilled that Mehreen will be accompanying our Five Stans tour.

Her primary research examines the history of architecture and the built environment and cross-cultural and artistic interactions between Europe and the Persianate world. Mehreen has lectured extensively on Islamic and Indo-Islamic Art at SOAS, the Courtauld Institute of Art, the University of Oxford, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and Sotheby’s Institute of Art for over a decade, and for the past 3 years has been an expert lecturer on cultural tours to Central Asia, Iran, India, Pakistan and Lebanon. She has published on seventeenth-century Mughal architecture and painting, Mughal-Persianate relations, European views of the Mughal Empire, and the social responsibility of architecture.

She has shared her expertise with a wider audience through her participation in and consultation for documentaries on the Taj Mahal, programming on BBC World Service Radio and BBC2.
We are very excited for Mehreen to accompany our Five Stans tour.

Ala Archa, Kyrgyzstan

Central Asia – Five Stans

Travelling through Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, this is a journey full of remarkable contrasts to a region that is still largely undiscovered and explored. 

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