Max Klimburg
Max Klimburg holds graduate degrees in Art History and Ethnology from the University of Vienna and
has been studying and writing for decades about Afghanistan, Central Asia and, especially, Nuristan and
the Kafirs of the Hindukush (Afghanistan). He taught at the universities of Kabul, Los Angeles (UCLA) and
Vienna, holding a lectureship on history and the ethnic arts of Central Asia. In 1972-1978 he was the director of the Kabul branch of the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University. In the 1980s and early 1990s, he co-directed the activities of the Austrian Relief Committee for Afghan Refugees. From 2000 to 2002, he was a research associate at the Munich Museum of Ethnography. Since 2002, he heads the newly founded Austrian-Afghan Society, which has recently managed to carry out a restoration project in the National Museum of Afghanistan. His publications include "Afghanistan: Das Land im Historischen Spannungsfeld Mittelasiens (Vienna, 1966) and "The Kafirs of the Hindu Kush: Art and Society of
the Waigal and Ashkun Kafirs" (2 vols., Stuttgart 1999.)

(Source: AKTC)