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Nader Shah – history of Iran – the 1700s

By |2018-04-25T23:04:48-07:00September 11th, 2017|History, West Asia|

Nader Shah (Iran, 1736-1747) In 1736 AD, Nader Shah overthrew the last Safavid shah and established the country of Iran, with himself as the Shah (king) of Iran. Like Genghis Khan, Nader Shah was from a Turkish family. Apparently he and his mother were captured as slaves by the Uzbeks when he was a child. Like Genghis Khan, Nader Shah [...]

Central Asian games – wrestling, polo, archery

By |2017-09-18T11:19:19-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, Games|

Wrestlers from Samarkand (Uzbekistan, 600s AD) People in Central Asia played games that helped them get better at skills they would need in their lives. They needed to ride horses well, so they liked to race their horses or play games like polo on their horses, where you rode horses and tried to [...]

Uzbeks – Uzbekistan and Central Asian History

By |2017-05-31T00:28:32-07:00May 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 [...]

The Silk Road to the Great Game – Central Asian History

By |2017-05-30T17:31:17-07:00May 30th, 2017|Central Asia, History|

A melon stall in Central Asia After Tamerlane died in 1405, his Altaic people kept on ruling Central Asia, but not as one big empire. There were lots of little countries all across Central Asia. These countries did well at first, but the collapse of the Mongol Empire soon brought sad changes to [...]

Sher Ali Khan and Afghanistan – Central Asian History

By |2017-05-30T16:53:58-07:00May 30th, 2017|Central Asia, History|

Dost Mohammed Khan In 1834 AD Dost Mohammed Kahn pushed aside Ahmed Shah Durrani's grandson to become the ruler of Afghanistan. He found himself caught ruling a small, poor country between two great powers: Russia under Czar Nicholas in the north and Britain, which was pushing north from India in the south. Dost [...]

Later Central Asian Art – History of Art

By |2017-05-30T11:32:47-07:00May 30th, 2017|Art, Central Asia|

Turkmenistan painting in a Chinese-Islamic style The collapse of the Mongol Empire in the end of the Middle Ages meant that artists scattered to the courts of many smaller states that were competing for power all over Central Asia. Among the Uzbeks, in Bukhara, artists worked in the same tradition as in the [...]