Buzkashi is the national sport and a "passion" in Afghanistan where it is often played on Fridays and matches draw thousands of fans. Whitney Azoy notes in his book Buzkashi: Game and Power in Afghanistan that "leaders (See more)are men who can seize control by means foul and fair and then fight off their rivals. The Buzkashi rider does the same".Traditionally, games could last for several days, but in its more regulated tournament version, it has a limited match time
The Old City of Herat in Western Afghanistan has a long history of rebuilding and restoration. The city was destroyed twice by the Mongols, in 1221 A.D. and 1383 A.D., and was reconstructed as the capital of the Central Asia’s (See more)Timurid Empire in the fifteenth century. Before Genghis Khan arrived and left his mark on the city, Alexander the Great occupied Herat in 330 B.C., bringing Greek influences to the city. Herat’s long list of conquerors and occupants had much to do with its desirable position along the Silk Road between Europe and Asia. The architecture of Old Herat exhibits vestiges of each of those past styles, but at its heart it is a traditional Islamic urban center.