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Meet the Author
Born in Turkey, Chris Aslan has spent much of his adult life living in Central Asia. He wrote a book (part memoir, part travelogue) about his time in Uzbekistan, called, A Carpet Ride to Khiva: Seven years on the Silk Road. He is currently studying in Oxford for Anglican ordination.