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Babur

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(1483–1530)The first Mogul Emperor of India (1526–30). He was born in Ferghana, Central Asia, in a princely family of mixed Mongol and Turkish blood. Failure to recover his father's lands caused him ...
cenotaph

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Empty sepulchre, or funerary monument to the dead whose bodies lie elsewhere. Lutyens's Cenotaph, Whitehall, London (1919–20), is an example of such a symbolic tomb.
Central Asia

Central Asia  

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Landlocked region of the Asian land mass. Largely through its location, topography and hydrology, it has served for millennia as the carrier of human communications between the societies and ...
Delhi

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[anc. Ḍhillikā, Ḍhillī; Arab., Pers., Urdu: Dihlī].Capital of the Republic of India, situated on the west bank of the Yamuna River. The city has grown and prospered due mainly ...
jade

jade  

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A hard, typically green stone used for ornaments and implements and consisting of the minerals jadeite or nephrite. The word is recorded from the late 16th century, and comes via French from Spanish ...
Kashar

Kashar  

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Important trading town in the western part of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. Kashgar is located at the junction of the northern and southern branches of the Silk route ...
Merv

Merv  

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City in the delta of the Murgh (Murghab) River in Turkmenistan. The ruins of Old Merv include five settlements known as Erk-kala, Gyaur-kala, Sultan-kala, Abdallahkhan-kala and Bairamalikhan-kala. ...
Mongol empire

Mongol empire  

An empire founded by Genghis Khan early in the 13th century. Loosely related nomadic tribesmen who lived in felt huts (yurts) and subsisted on meat and milk – and fermented mares' milk (koumiss) – ...
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Not worth the paper it is written on of no value or validity despite having been written down.paper over the cracks use a temporary expedient, or to create a mere semblance of order. The phrase is a ...
pishtaq

pishtaq  

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In Islamic architecture, a rectangular frame around an arched opening, usually associated with an iwan.
Sāmānids

Sāmānids  

A dynasty of emirs, autonomous but respectful of the Abbasid caliph of Baghdad, who reigned at first in Transoxiana from 874, then also in Khurāsān from 900. Descendants of a ...
shrine

shrine  

These pilgrimage centres were a central element in medieval life. England could not emulate Jerusalem, the ultimate place of pilgrimage, Rome with its multitude of relics, or Compostela. ...
Tajikistan

Tajikistan  

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A country bounded by China on the east and Afghanistan on the south; it occupies one of the highest regions of central Asia.Physical.The Pamir mountains occupy a third of Tajikstan while the Alai ...
Tamerlane

Tamerlane  

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(1336–1405)Mongol ruler of Samarkand (1369–1405). Leading a force of Mongols and Turks, between about 1364 and 1405 he conquered a large area including Persia, northern India, and Syria and ...
Timur

Timur  

Tartar name of Tamerlane. A Timurid is one of his descendants; a member of the Turkic dynasty founded by him, which ruled in central Asia until the 16th century.
Timurid

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The Timurid dynasty claimed control over vast territories in central, southern, and western Asia from the mid-fourteenth to the early sixteenth century. Its broadest claims would have made it nearly ...
Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan  

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Very dependent on cotton and gold, and making little progress towards democracyUzbekistan has some mountainous terrain in the east, and a few fertile oases, but around 80% of the territory is a sandy ...

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