Willem Vogelsang studied Indo-Iranian languages and cultures at Leiden University, and did PhD research in Cambridge (UK) and Gent (Belgium). During his studies, he conducted archaeological fieldwork in England, Syria, Iran and Afghanistan. He was the Executive Secretary of the Centre for Non-Western Studies, Leiden University, and from 2002 curator for Central and Southwest Asia at the National Museum for Ethnology in Leiden. Between 2008 and 2011 he was employed by fhe Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as regional and cultural advisor to the Taskforce Uruzgan in Afghanistan. From mid-2011 he is the Institute Manager of the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden. He published widely about the ancient history and archaeology of Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and on modern military and political developments in the same region. His major publications include The Afghans (Oxford 2002, updated version London 2008), and (together with Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood) Covering the Moon. An Introduction to Middle Eastern Face-Veils (Leuven 2008).
Ancient and modern history of Afghanistan.