Turko-Persia in Historical Perspective / Edition 1

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Overview

The Islamic culture that developed in the ninth and tenth centuries AD in what is now Eastern Iran was to have a significant impact on most Muslims of west, south and central Asia. Under the patronage of Persianized Turkic Muslim rulers, the culture spread westward to the Mediterranean and eastward into India. Up to the fifteenth century AD, Turko-Persia represented a distinctive variant of Islamic life and thought in these regions, particularly among the elite, but thereafter regional variants started to emerge. This collection of essays comprises an historical survey of the culture, a chronology of major developments in the region from the rise of the Persian empire before Islam up to the present, and six chapters by eminent authorities on the region, focusing on the importance of literature; the tension between central and peripheral institutions in Turko-Persian societies; and the confrontation of the Turko-Persian Islamicate world with the European world.

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Table of Contents

List of maps; List of contributors; Preface; 1. Introduction: the Turko-Persian tradition Robert L. Canfield; 2. Pre-Islamic and early Islamic cultures in Central Asia Richard N. Frye; 3. Turko-Mongol influences in Central Asia Yuri Bregel; 4. Islamic culture and literature in Iran and Central Asia in the early modern period Michel M. Mazzaoui; 5. Perso-Islamic culture in India from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century Francis Robinson; 6. Theological 'extremism' and social movements in Turko-Persia Robert L. Canfield; 7. Local knowledge of Islam and social discourse in Afghanistan and Turkistan in the modern period M. Nazif Shahrani; 8. Russia's geopolitical and ideological dilemmas in Central Asia Milan Hauner; Chronology of events and developments in the history of the Turko-Persian ecumene; References; Index.

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