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Mongols invade India – history of India

By |2018-04-18T23:56:00+00:00July 20th, 2017|History, India|

Mongke Khan Starting in the 400s AD, Turkic and Mongol people had been expanding out of the northern part of Central Asia. They spread all over Europe and Asia. The Huns came first, then the Avars, the Ghaznavids, and the Seljuks. About 1000 AD, the Turkish Ghaznavids invaded northern India from what is now Afghanistan. India was so rich that the Ghaznavids [...]

Secret History of the Mongols – Central Asian Literature

By |2017-05-31T22:47:37+00:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, Literature, Medieval|

Genghis Khan The oldest book written in Mongolian is a biography of Genghis Khan, who created the Mongol Empire. Nobody knows who wrote the Secret History, but whoever it was, they wrote it not long after Genghis Khan's death in 1227 AD. Most of what we know about Genghis Khan and the early [...]

Central Asian stories

By |2018-04-16T13:41:29+00:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, Literature, Medieval|

Central Asian stories and languages: People speaking Mongolian Central Asian languages Around 3000 BC, most people in Central Asia spoke one of three different kinds of languages. Some people spoke Indo-European languages like Sogdian or Tocharian. Other people spoke East Iranian languages like Pashto. And some people, especially in the eastern part of Central Asia, [...]

Genghis Khan and the Mongols – Central Asia

By |2017-10-14T14:49:20+00:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History, Where|

Genghis Khan By 1200 AD, the Mongol and Turkic people of Central Asia had pretty much finished pushing the Indo-Europeans out of power in Central Asia and West Asia, and had taken over ruling the whole area. About 1180 AD the Mongols elected a new king, Genghis Khan (Khan means king), who was [...]

Who were the Kyrgyz? Medieval Central Asia

By |2017-05-31T16:13:45+00:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|

Tash Rabat, Kyrgystan - a stop on the Silk Road (thanks Lonely Planet) By about 200 BC, the Kyrgyz people were living north of China, in central Siberia. Like other people of north Asia, they lived in yurts and rode horses. They were not very powerful, and came under the control of first [...]