On 7th of December 2016 Dr.Frederick Starr had a meeting and talked to WIUT students and staff members about education, economy and development of the Central Asian countries.
“During its golden age broader Central Asian region which included northeast Iran and the Caspian sea to the eastern border of Xinjiang, Khorasan and Afghanistan was the center of the world in terms of economy and trade” is the main thesis of the book Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia's Golden Age from Arab Conquest to Tamerlane written by well-known scholar and researcher Dr. Frederick Starr, who visited WIUT in the framework of his mission to Uzbekistan as an observer at Presidential elections-2016.
Dr. Frederick Starr, the founding Chairman of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program under Johns Hopkins University, is one of the leading experts on Region, on which he published more than 20 books and 200 articles. His lecture in WIUT was mostly about the book “Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia's Golden Age from Arab Conquest to Tamerlane”, in which Dr. Starr opens up the Central Asian region to the world, its’ achievements and influence on the world economic development. Moreover, he claims that Central Asian people where the only ones who were in direct contact with greatest trade centers, and managed the trade rather than being passive traders, were the first to run continent-wide currency. 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 received very profound answers.