On 9th of November 2017 Dr.Frederick Starr gave a lecture on education, economy and development of the Central Asian countries in the framework of "Globalization and Sustainable Development" course at Westminster International University in Tashkent.
Dr. Frederick Starr is the founding Chairman of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program under Johns Hopkins University and he is one of the leading experts on Region. He published more than 20 books and 200 articles about the region.
His lecture at WIUT was mostly about the book “Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia's Golden Age from Arab Conquest to Tamerlane”, where Dr. Starr opens up the Central Asian region to the world. In this sweeping and richly illustrated history, S. Frederick Starr tells the fascinating but largely unknown story of Central Asia's medieval enlightenment through the eventful lives and astonishing accomplishments of its greatest minds--remarkable figures who built a bridge to the modern world. Because nearly all figures wrote in Arabic, they were long assumed to have been Arabs. In fact, they were from Central Asia--drawn from the Persianate and Turkic peoples of a region that today extends from Kazakhstan southward through Afghanistan, and from the easternmost province of Iran through Xinjiang, China. He also shared his thoughts about the reasons of Central Asian enlightenment and its’ further decline.
Students were happy to ask their questions to Dr. Starr and to receive very profound answers.