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The history of Afghanistan in the 20th century will be the topic of a talk on Thursday, May 2, at Colby College by Munis Faruqui, visiting instructor of history at Bowdoin College. Faruqui’s lecture, “From Buffer State to Battlefield: Afghanistan since 1900,” will be given at 4 p.m. in room 100 of Lovejoy Building on the Waterville campus. It is open to the public and free of charge.

Specializing in South Asian and Islamic history, Faruqui formerly served as project coordinator for Duke University’s Oceans Connect, a program that studies trans-oceanic relationships between disparate societies. Faruqui has lectured on Asian history at numerous conferences and colleges and most recently served as chair of a panel at the Association of Asian Studies’ annual meeting in Washington, D.C. He has published articles in Economic & Political Weekly and South Asia Bulletin. He is currently completing a dissertation on the Mughal Empire and expects to receive his Ph.D. in history from Duke this summer.