Wilhelmus Jacobus Vogelsang

1956 –
ancient history
Afghanistan, Iran

Curriculum vitae

1956born in Medemblik
1974-1981studied Indian and Iranian languages and cultures, Leiden University
1983-1984Iranian studies, University of Cambridge and Gent (Belgium)
1985-1990PhD research ancient history, Groningen University
1990PhD Groningen University
1991-2002executive secretary for the Centre of Non-Western Studies, Leiden University
2002-2008curator Southwest and Central Asia, National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden
2008-2010advisor in Uruzgan (Afghanistan) for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2011-presentmanager of the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden

Special activities and positions

  • Co-director of the Iranian dress project, 1997-2001
  • Co-editor of Khilʾa: journal for dress and textiles of the Islamic world, 2005-
  • Functional specialist Cultural Affairs for the Ministry of Defense, 2004-present



1977 Lijkbezorging in Baluchistan en in het verspreidingsgebied van de Indus beschaving in het derde millennium v. Chr ., Leiden, 72 p. [Unpubl. thesis; xerox copy].
1981 Kandahar and Arachosia in the Early Achaemenid Peri­od, Leiden, 65 p.
1983 “Het Afghaans moeras.” Spiegel Historiael 18,9: 430-437.
1984 Review of: W. Ball with the collaboration of Jean-Claude Gardin, Archaeological Gazetteer of Afghanistan: catalogue des sites archéologiques d’Afghanistan, Paris 1982. Bibliotheca Orientalis 41,3: 497-500.
1985 “Parthian-period pottery from Iran.” Archaeologische Mitteilungen Aus Iran 18: 157.
Review of: M.Y. Kiani, Parthian sites in Hyrcania: the Gurgan Plain, Berlin 1982. Bibliotheca Orientalis 42,1: 203-206.
1986 Review of: E. Haerinck, La céramique en Iran pendant la période Parthe (ca. 250 av. J.C. à ca. 225 après J.C.): typologie, chronologie et distribution, Gent 1983 (Iranica Antiqua, suppl. II). Bibliotheca Orientalis 43,3: 507-509.
1988 “A period of acculturation in ancient Gandhara.” South Asian Studies 4: 103-114.
Review of: B.J. Staviskij, La Bactriane sous les Kushans: problèmes d’histoire et de culture, Paris 1986. Persica 13: 162.
1989 Transl. into English [from the Russian] of: M.A. Dandamaev, Politiceskaya Istoriya Akhemenidskoj Dershavy, Moscow 1985: A political history of the Achaemenid empire, Leiden: Brill.
1990 The Iranian Achaemenid empire: investigations into the establishment and organisation of Persian Achaemenid domination on the Iranian Plateau and beyond, Groningen, ix, 331 p. – PhD thesis Groningen University.
1992 The rise and organisation of the Achaemenid Empire: the eastern Iranian evidence, Leiden [etc.]: Brill, xii, 344 p. (Studies in the history of the ancient Near East 3).
“Gandharans, Bactrians, and Scythians: who was who in the sixth century B.C.?” In: T.S. Maxwell (ed.), Eastern approaches: essays on Asian art and archaeology, Delhi-New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 1-15.
1994 Review of: Vimala Begley and Richard Daniel de Puma, Rome and India: the ancient sea trade, Madison, Wis. 1991. JESHO 37,3: 287-288.
1995 & Thierry Petit, “Satrapes et satrapies dans l’empire achéménide de Cyrus le Grand à Xerxès ler.” IIJ 38, 1: 62-67.
1996 Review of: Peter Christensen, The decline of Iranshahr: irrigation and environments in the history of the Middle East, 500 B.C. to A.D. 1500, Copenhagen 1993. JESHO 39,4: 432-433.
2002 Afghanistan: een geschiedenis, Amsterdam: Bulaaq – Leuven: Van Halewyck, 208 p. – 4
Afghanistan: mensen, politiek, economie, cultuur, milieu, Amsterdam: Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen, Den Haag: Novib, 74 p. (Landenreeks).
The Afghans, Oxford: Blackwell (The peoples of Asia). – Repr. in 2008; translated into Czech, Chinese, Japanese, and Italian.
& M.E. Yapp, “The Afghans.” The Times literary supplement 5162: 9.
2004 Het jaar begint in de lente : liever Noroez dan Nieuwjaar, Leiden: Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde – Rotterdam : Barjesteh van Waalwijk van Doorn, 28 p. – Publ. on the occasion of the Noroez-festival, March 2004.
2006 Foreword to: Heather Bleaney and Maria Ángeles Gallego (comps), Afghanistan: a bibliography, Leiden [etc.]: Brill (Handbook of Oriental studies = Handbuch der Orientalistik, Section 8, Central Asia 13).
2007 Afghanistan: een geschiedenis, 2e herz. dr., Amsterdam: Bulaaq. – 1st ed. 2002.
2008 The Afghans, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell (The peoples of Asia). – Updated pbk. ed. of 2002.
& Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, Covering the moon: a history of Middle Eastern face veils, Louvain: Peeters.
2009 “Chinese influence on Iranian art in the Mongol empire.” In: William W. Fitzhugh, Morris Rossabi and William Honeychurch (eds), Genghis Khan and the Mongol empire, Seattle etc. pp. 233-237.
2010 Afghanistan, [cartogr.: Geografiek, Willem van den Goorbergh; foto’s: Hans Stakelbeek], Amsterdam: KIT Publishers, Den Haag: Oxfam Novib, 125 p. (Landenreeks). – Dutch spoken edition 2011.