Afghan Biographies

Rahimi, Fahim Mohammad

Name Rahimi, Fahim Mohammad
Ethnic backgr. Tajik
Date of birth
Function/Grade Afghanistan National Museum Director
History and Biodata

2. Previous Functions:
Chief curator of the National Museum of Afghanistan, Kabul (20120706)
Head Afghan National Museum (20160119, 20170321, 20180723)

3. Biodata:

Mohammad Fahim Rahimi received his bachelor's degree in Archaeology and Anthropology from Kabul University (2002-2005) in 2005. In addition, he had completed coursework in heritage preservation and curatorial studies at Vienna University and at the International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome. Fahim was selected in the spring of 2014 as a junior fellow of the Kolb Society. He was a Fulbright Scholar, and he was pursuing a master's degree in Anthropology and Heritage Preservation at Penn.

Fahim's main focus is cultural heritage management and preservation, with particular interest in the cultural heritage of Afghanistan. He was appointed Curator of the National Museum of Afghanistan in 2007, rising to Chief Curator in 2012. There he was responsible for one of the most significant collections of ancient and Islamic art in Central Asia. Fahim has organized a number of important exhibitions, including "Mes Aynak New Discoveries along the Silk Road," "Buddhist Heritage of Afghanistan," and "1000 Cities of Bactria." In addition, he actively participated in organizing the "Hidden Treasures of Afghanistan" exhibition, a traveling exhibition displayed in international museums.


The director of the National Museum, Mohammad Fahim Rahimi, saw encouraging signs from the Taliban in August shortly after the group stormed into Kabul. With no international or Afghan security forces to guard the museum, Rahimi called on the Taliban to guard the priceless ancient treasures from looters. (20211110)

He speaks Dari and English.

Last Modified 2021-11-11
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