Monday, August 22, 2005

Central Asia After the Mongol Invasion - Islam and Sedentary Life as a Consequence

Central Asia After the Mongol Invasion - Islam and Sedentary Life as a Consequence - Academic paper by Dr. Ozkan Izgi discusses the impact of the Mongolian conquest on nomadic life in the region. This inlcudes a look at the spread of Islam, the Turkish language, and sedentarization.

This paper is not too hard to read and I was able to finish it in a single sitting. As can be expected in a scholarly paper, it is well documented with over 62 references.

From the site:

In the period after the Mongolian conquest of Central Asia we see not only a change in the political situation but also a change in the ethnic composition of the population and a change in the way of life which is later evidenced by a sedentary population.

In this paper, I want to deal with the situation before and after the Mongolian conquest. Here, we encounter the following questions: 1. What happened to the Turkish peoples and tribes who occupied this area during the time of the Karakhanids and the Khorezmshahs? We do not find most of them later. 2. How did the Mongolian tribes who came with the conquest become Turkicized in language and in culture? This is obvious at Timur's time. 3. How did these nomadic peoples become sedentary?

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