[Sca-cooks] Middle Eastern Food

David Friedman ddfr at daviddfriedman.com
Fri Jan 15 21:22:14 PST 2010

>>>and Afghanistan and Pakistan get added.
>>Yeah, well... Afghanistan makes sense, since it was an important 
>>center of Persian culture and arts as part of the Persian Empire. 
>>Herat, for example, was home to a particularly important school of 
>>Persian miniature painting.
>>Pakistan... well, its relationship is less clear. It might be 
>>better connected to Muslim Mughal India, which is strongly Persian 
>>influenced, but also strongly influenced by local South Asian 
>>non-Muslim cultures.
>>Urtatim [that's err-tah-TEEM]
>>the persona formerly known as Anahita
>I think Pakistan gets added to the Middle East culturally because 
>Iran conquered Afghanistan under the Timurids (losing it in the 
>early 18th Century).  Babur, who was the last of the Timurids, 
>invaded Northern India from Afghanistan and founded the Mughal 
>dynasty.  The direct cultural influence in Pakistan is from Persia.

I would have said that the Timurids conquered both Iran and 
(eventually) Afghanistan. The conquest of Afghanistan wasn't from 

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