Heritage of Central Asia: From Antiquity to the Turkish Expansion / Edition 1
  • Heritage of Central Asia: From Antiquity to the Turkish Expansion / Edition 1
  • Heritage of Central Asia: From Antiquity to the Turkish Expansion / Edition 1

Heritage of Central Asia: From Antiquity to the Turkish Expansion / Edition 1

by Richard N. Frye
     
 

ISBN-10: 155876111X

ISBN-13: 9781558761117

Pub. Date: 10/28/1995

Publisher: Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated

After the breakup of the Soviet Union, the peoples of Central Asia are seeking to rediscover their heritage, which blends cultural elements from Iran, China, and India. Central Asia in ancient and medieval times was the crossroads of civilization, connecting China with the West. This book provides a concise, authoritative history of the region that includes modern…  See more details below

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After the breakup of the Soviet Union, the peoples of Central Asia are seeking to rediscover their heritage, which blends cultural elements from Iran, China, and India. Central Asia in ancient and medieval times was the crossroads of civilization, connecting China with the West. This book provides a concise, authoritative history of the region that includes modern Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, and Xinjiang. The author, who has made many visits to the region and lived in Tajikistan, draws on sources in several Central Asian languages, as well as materials from the fields of archaeology, art history, linguistics, ethnography, and folklore. What we now call Central Asia was part of the empires conquered by Cyrus, Alexander the Great, Timur, and their successors during antiquity and the Middle Ages. At the turn of the millennium, Central Asia became the Turkish center of rule. After the Turkish expansion, political rule belonged to the Turks, but the culture remained Iranian. Over the course of centuries, ancient polytheistic religions gave way to Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, and Islam, and merchants founded trading empires around the legendary silk route.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558761117
Publisher:
Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Series:
Princeton Series on the Middle East
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
934,143
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Ch. 1Geographic Realities11
Ch. 2Peoples, Languages, Customs and Beliefs29
Ch. 3Before History51
Ch. 4Zoroaster's Cult65
Ch. 5Achaemenid Centralization75
Ch. 6Alexander and the Heritage of Hellenism97
Ch. 7Greco-Bactrians and Parthians109
Ch. 8Nomadic Interlude119
Ch. 9The Forgotten Kushans131
Ch. 10The Silk Route151
Ch. 11The Buddhist East159
Ch. 12Return of the Nomads167
Ch. 13The Merchant World of the Sogdians183
Ch. 14Caliphs and Kaghans199
Ch. 15The Iranian-Islamic Ecumene219
Ch. 16The Present is Born233
Appendix 1: The Literary Sources241
Appendix 2: Geographical Names243
Appendix 3: Local rulers in Bukhara and Samarkand246
Appendix 4: Deities in Sogdiana247
Appendix 5: The Languages of Central Asia248
Appendix 6: Coinage in Transoxiana251
Index253

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