DIANA DRISCOLL

Silk Road Lecturer


About Diana

Diana is a leading Islamic world guide and lecturer with an emphasis on Central Asia.

Educated at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Diana has over 30 years of experience studying and exploring Ancient Near and Middle East history, languages, religion and culture. Her postgraduate research focused on Islamic studies. She was awarded a distinction for her dissertation on the philosophical writings of al-Farabi, the ninth-century Islamic philosopher from Central Asia, and Maimonides, the twelfth-century Judaic philosopher.

Diana continued studying and travelling throughout the Middle East, Central Asia and India during her career as a higher education administrator at Britian's leading universities. Following positions at the University of Bath and within the University of London, she was appointed Director of Education at the British Council in Hong Kong. She lectured at various educational institutions throughout China and East Asia, and during this time, developed an interest in the history of the Silk Road. Her research now covers the history, art & archaeology, cultures and religions covering over 5000 miles of road and 3000 years of history from Rome to Xian and down through the Indian subcontinent.

Today Diana is a lecturer and guide for Cox & Kings’ Royal Academy Art Tours to Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Mughal India. She regularly gives gallery talks on Central Asia and Mughal India at the British Museum, where she is assisting the curatorship of a special project.

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