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27 07, 2017

Ibn Sina – Islamic medicine

By |2019-10-04T07:58:44-07:00July 27th, 2017|Islam|9 Comments

Where ibn Sina came from: Uzbekistan Ibn Sina and the Samanids in Uzbekistan Ibn Sina (known to Europeans as Avicenna) was a scientist. He was born about 980 AD in the north-eastern part of the Abbasid Empire. That was in the kingdom of the Samanids. (It's modern Uzbekistan.) Who were the Samanids? Medieval Islamic science All our medieval Islam [...]

26 07, 2017

Shahnameh – Islamic Literature

By |2017-07-26T09:31:51-07:00July 26th, 2017|Islam, Literature|0 Comments

Death of Iskandar (Alexander), from the Great Mongol Shahnameh (Iran, 1330s AD) In the 900s AD, Central Asia was the most civilized part of the world. The universities and libraries of Iran and Afghanistan were famous for a thousand miles in every direction. The Iranian Al-Tabari had recently finished writing his huge Islamic History. Here, in [...]

25 07, 2017

Seljuk Dynasty – Medieval Islamic history

By |2017-07-25T09:04:58-07:00July 25th, 2017|History, Islam|0 Comments

The Seljuks defeat the Persians (1040 AD) The Seljuks were Turkic nomads from Turkmenistan. They were related to the Uighurs. They entered the Abbasid empire around 950 AD and gradually converted to Sunni Islam. By 1030 AD the Seljuks were beginning to try to get power for themselves. They soon conquered the Ghaznavids (who were also Turkic) and controlled most of Iran. The [...]

24 07, 2017

Late Medieval Islamic history

By |2019-10-03T06:38:45-07:00July 24th, 2017|History, Islam|0 Comments

Late medieval Islamic history: Fatimid gate of Cairo Bad al-Futuh (1087 AD) The Abbasid Empire In 750 AD, it seemed like the Islamic Empire would last a thousand years. The Abbasid caliphs ruled a giant empire. It stretched from Morocco to Afghanistan. Their capital was at Baghdad in modern Iraq. Baghdad was also a center of scholarship and trade. The Abbasids [...]

23 07, 2017

Ghaznavids – Medieval Islam

By |2019-07-05T11:22:44-07:00July 23rd, 2017|History, India, Islam, West Asia|0 Comments

Ghaznavids: A minaret in Ghazni (Afghanistan), from about 1000 AD Abbasid soldiers Beginning in the 850s AD, the Abbasid caliphs of the Islamic Empire were looking for soldiers they would be able to trust, who were not other Arabs who would be trying to get into power. Who were the Abbasids? The High Middle Ages All our Islamic [...]

20 07, 2017

Mongols invade India – history of India

By |2018-04-18T23:56:00-07:00July 20th, 2017|History, India|0 Comments

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 [...]

31 05, 2017

Samanids – History of Central Asia

By |2019-02-01T11:30:03-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|0 Comments

The tomb of the Samanid rulers. Bukhara, Uzbekistan, about 900 AD. Who were the Samanids? The Samanids were people who lived in the easternmost part of the medieval Abbasid Empire. They got power in the 800s AD. The Abbasid Empire All our Islamic Empire articles All our Central Asia articles Samanids or Sogdians? The [...]