This book provides rich insight into the art-history, cultural importance of Bamiyan and the cultural linkages between Afghanistan and Western Himalayas. It dilates on the need for dialogue or religions and cultures and also to meet the challenges of globalisation to indigenous culture. While discussing the role of Taliban in fanning religious extremism and bigotry, the book provides an international law perspective to help in protecting and safeguarding the tangible and intangible cultural heritage. Inclusion of relevant international conventions, UNESCO resolutions etc. and rare photographs of Bamiyan Buddhas before, during and after their destruction, make the book an indispensable reference source on the subject.