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Ghaznavid Dynasty – Medieval Islam

By |2017-07-23T23:47:02+00:00July 23rd, 2017|History, India, Islam, West Asia|

A minaret in Ghazni (Afghanistan), from about 1000 AD 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. The Abbasids thought that the Turks would be trustworthy soldiers. So they captured a [...]

Medieval Islamic art history

By |2017-07-23T15:13:04+00:00July 23rd, 2017|Art, Islam|

Mosaic from the Great Mosque in Damascus (about 710 AD) As soon as the Islamic Empire formed, under the Umayyad dynasty, artists began exploring the new ideas of Islam and what they meant for art. The first big difference between Roman art and Islamic art was that the followers of Islam, like the Jews, took seriously the commandment that you should not [...]

Uzbeks – Uzbekistan and Central Asian History

By |2017-05-31T00:28:32+00:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|

Uzbek ruler in his yurt (1509, probably at Samarkand) After the collapse of the Mongol Tamerlane's empire in the 1400s AD, many smaller states replaced the one big empire of the Middle Ages. One of the most powerful was the Uzbek empire of Bukhara, north of the Caspian Sea. The Uzbeks were Turkic [...]