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2 08, 2017

Vikings – Early Medieval Scandinavia

By |2019-09-11T10:32:14-07:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|0 Comments

A Viking ship. Viking trade took the Vikings all over the world. Who were the Vikings? The Vikings were Indo-European people from Scandinavia (modern Denmark, Norway and Sweden). Around the 400s AD the Vikings started to make frequent raids by boat into Europe. They even went into the Mediterranean Sea and raided Sicily and southern Italy. The Vikings started to attack the Atlantic coast [...]

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 [...]

27 07, 2017

Al Razi – Medieval Islamic science

By |2019-01-21T10:49:36-07:00July 27th, 2017|Islam, Science|0 Comments

A manuscript copy of Al Razi's writing (from 1094 AD) Where was al Razi from? Al Razi was born in Iran, in the Samanid kingdom, in 865 AD. That was when Iran was part of the Abbasid Empire. The Samanids were traders. They had plenty of money. They liked to spend money on education and the arts. [...]

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 [...]

31 05, 2017

Sogdians in China – History of Central Asia

By |2019-04-07T07:42:10-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|0 Comments

Sogdian traders in China about 550 AD (Musee Guimet) Sogdians and the Silk Road Even after the fall of the Han Dynasty, the Sogdians still controlled Silk Road trade between West Asia and China. Earlier Sogdians The Han Dynasty More about the Silk Road All our Central Asia articles The Sogdians and India By [...]

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 [...]

31 05, 2017

What is a yurt? Central Asian architecture

By |2019-03-10T12:30:56-07:00May 31st, 2017|Architecture, Central Asia|0 Comments

Yurts- the houses of Central Asia What do nomads live in? The nomadic people of Central Asia generally lived in yurts, portable houses made of a foldable wood frame with felted wool coverings over it. (This is actually a lot like our houses, which are also wood frame and sometimes use felt for [...]