This Old World by Zeeshan Khan
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Time-travelling to the ancient world depicted through photographs one would completely immersed in Zeeshan Khan’s This Old World. This books has six chapters: Bangladesh & Eastern India, Western India & Pakistan, Iran, Turkey & Georgia, Greece & Italy and Spain. Each chapter is divided into several sections. In the first chapter there are two parts: one is Shahi Bangala and the other is Mighty Magadha. In the Shahi Bangala Zeeshan Khan gives a glimpse of the ancient Bengal and its mosques, dargahs and temples. And in Mighty Magadha, Buddhist history of Baharas from which the state Bihar got its name is depicted through photos of first universities of the world which were built by Buddhist and unfortunately burnt down by invading and fanatic Muslims. The second chapter depicts the history of Shikhs. And the third chapter has sections called Desert Towns, The Safavids, The Poets, Parsa, This chapter is is beautifully engraved with Iranian philosophy along with photographs of ancient monuments from Zoroastrian and Persian civilization. The fourth chapter “Turkey & Georgia” illustrates the image of the place where Noah’s Arc stopped and started a new civilization after The Great Flood. This chapter also shows the place where Ibrahim, the Patriarch was born and lived as well as takes the readers to the site called Gobekli Tepe which gives evidence of a civilization from around 11,000 BC. The fifth chapter “Italy and Greece” takes the readers to the vicinity of Oracle of Delphi in Greece, and also inside the Vatican City. The sixth chapter shows the artistry of Islamic civilization in Spain. The photograph of Al-Hamra exemplifies the wonders of Islamic architecture.
Through the 254 photographs of different monuments, sculptures and historical sites this book makes the readers themselves a traveller in the route where Islamic civilization had set its foot. The mesmerizing magnificence depicted by the photographs along with historical knowledge and poignant beauty of ancient verses make the book a perfect companion for readers.