samarkand


No.ISBN : 0520054628
Author : Edward H. Schafer
Genre : Literary Criticism
Publisher : Univ of California Press
Copyright Year : 1963
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DESCRIPTION : "This book examines the exotics imported into China during the Tang Dynasty and depicts their influence on Chinese life."--Page 4 of cover.


No.ISBN : 9780191563171
Author : Alexander Morrison
Genre : History
Publisher : OUP Oxford
Copyright Year : 2008-09-11
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DESCRIPTION : Russian Rule in Samarkand examines the structures, personnel, and ideologies of Russian imperialism in Turkestan, taking Samarkand and the surrounding region as a case-study. The creation of a colonial administration in Central Asia presented Russia with similar problems to those faced by the British in India, but different approaches to governance meant that the two regimes often stood in stark contrast to one another. While the Russian administration was characterised by corruption and inefficiency, British rule in India was often more violent, and its subjects much more heavily taxed. Opening with the background to the political situation in Central Asia and a narrative of the Russian conquest itself, the book moves on to analyse official attitudes to Islam and to pre-colonial elites, and the earliest attempts to establish a functioning system of revenue collection. Uncovering the religious and ethnic composition of the military bureaucracy, and the social background, education and training of its personnel, Alexander Morrison assesses the competence of these officers vis-à-vis their Anglo-Indian counterparts. Subsequent chapters look at the role of the so-called 'native administration' in governing the countryside and collecting taxes, the attempt to administer the complex systems of irrigation leading from the Zarafshan and Syr-Darya rivers, and the nature and functions of the Islamic judiciary under colonial rule. Based on extensive archival research in Russia, India, and Uzbekistan, and containing much rare source material translated from the original Russian, Russian Rule in Samarkand will be of interest to all those interested in the history of the Russian Empire and European Imperialism more generally.


No.ISBN : 9780748131242
Author : Amin Maalouf
Genre : Fiction
Publisher : Hachette UK
Copyright Year : 2012-04-19
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DESCRIPTION : A gripping historical novel set in 11th century Persia that imagines the life of poet and philosopher Omar Khayyam Accused of mocking the inviolate codes of Islam, the Persian poet and sage Omar Khayyam fortuitously finds sympathy with the very man who is to judge his alleged crimes. Recognising genius, the judge decides to spare him and gives him instead a small, blank book, encouraging him to confine his thoughts to it alone. Thus begins the seamless blend of fact and fiction that is Samarkand. Vividly re-creating the history of the manuscript of the Rubaiyaat of Omar Khayyam, Amin Maalouf spans continents and centuries with breathtaking vision: the dusky exoticism of 11th-century Persia, with its poetesses and assassins; the same country's struggles nine hundred years later, seen through the eyes of an American academic obsessed with finding the original manuscript; and the fated maiden voyage of the Titanic, whose tragedy led to the Rubaiyaat's final resting place - all are brought to life with keen assurance by this gifted and award-winning writer.


No.ISBN : STANFORD:36105122945962
Author : Roma Gelblum-Bross
Genre : Samarqand (Uzbekistan)
Publisher : Westmount, Quebec : Roma Bross Reg'd
Copyright Year : 1992
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No.ISBN : 9781447210290
Author : Kate Clanchy
Genre : Poetry
Publisher : Pan Macmillan
Copyright Year : 2011-09-23
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DESCRIPTION : Few first collections in recent years have made the impact of Kate Clanchy’s award-winning Slattern, which gained her a reputation as a poet of great immediacy and wit. In this new book her range is extended dramatically. Samarkand is both a darker and a more sunlit collection than its predecessor. Inside, the reader will find surreal elegies; love poems of every humour; grim episodes from colonial history and meditations on home and distance as well as some practical advice on having sex with angels – all delivered with the effortless musicality of phrase and formal panache that are fast becoming Clanchy’s trademarks.


No.ISBN : 9781780578262
Author : Craig Murray
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Publisher : Random House
Copyright Year : 2013-05-24
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DESCRIPTION : When Craig Murray arrived in Uzbekistan to take up his post in 2002, he was a young ambassador with a brilliant career and a taste for whisky and women. But after hearing accounts of dissident prisoners being boiled to death and innocent people being raped and murdered by agents of the state, he started to question both his role and that of his country in so-called 'democratising' states. Following his discovery that the British government was accepting information obtained under torture, Murray could no longer maintain a diplomatic silence. When he voiced his outrage, Washington and 10 Downing Street decided he had to go. But Uzbekistan had changed the high-living diplomat and there was no way he was going to go quietly. In this candid and at times shocking memoir, Murray lays bare the dark and dirty underside of the War on Terror.


No.ISBN : 1544682115
Author : Charles River Editors
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Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Copyright Year : 2017-03-14
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DESCRIPTION : *Includes pictures *Includes ancient and medieval descriptions of Samarkand *Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading "The almond groves of Samarqand, Bokhara, where red lilies blow. And Oxus, by whose yellow sand The grave white-turbaned merchants go." - Oscar Wilde, "Ave Imperatrix" Samarkand is one of the oldest cities of Central Asia, founded nearly 3,000 years ago. The legendary city was the capital of the Sogdians, a trading people who facilitated the spread of commodities, religions, technologies, and ideas across the Silk Road between China and the rest of Eurasia. Samarkand was a key site along the ancient Silk Road, a place where a number of world cultures from the East and the West met and assimilated. As well as being a commercial center, it was a key religious site for the Zoroastrian, Buddhist, Christian, and Islamic faiths. The growth of Samarkand occurred at the same time as other major urban centers based on oases along the Silk Road, such as Khwarezm, Balkh (Bactria), and Bukhara. The city was conquered by Alexander the Great in 329 BCE and served as a base for his campaigns through Transoxiana. From the early Islamic period to the 7th century, the city prospered until it was completely destroyed by Genghis Khan in 1220. It was not until the 14th century that the city was rebuilt about one kilometer southwest of the ancient tell site. Although well-known for its trade, another part of Samarkand that makes its history so interesting is its association with the Timurid dynasty and its legendary founder, Tamerlane. Known by the Sogdians as Timur (meaning "iron"), he was one of the most extraordinary individuals to have ever existed. From his origins as a member of the tribal aristocracy, through political and military activity - and almost supernatural power - he came to dominate Transoxania and much of Iran. A lot of his behavior as an emperor was developed on the model of the Mongol empire that had existed before him, as he embarked on a mission to create the largest Turkic Muslim Empire of Eurasia. Tamerlane chose Samarkand as the capital of this empire. He loved this city above all others, and after each of his military expeditions he would bring back local artisans and craftsmen to live and work there. Beautiful buildings rose one after another through their efforts, and a gloriously cosmopolitan culture blossomed, with monuments unique to this part of the world being constructed in its diverse districts. Tamerlane's successors - though not as ambitious in their conquests - contributed much to the heritage of this city, and at the height of its prosperity it was said to be the very center of the world. Samarkand: The History and Legacy of One of Asia's Oldest Cities examines the tumultuous history of one of the most important cities in Asia. Along with pictures depicting important people, places, and events, you will learn about Samarkand like never before.


No.ISBN : 9781446480007
Author : Jonathan Stroud
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
Publisher : Random House
Copyright Year : 2011-07-29
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DESCRIPTION : The first volume in the brilliant, bestselling Bartimaeus sequence. When the 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus is summoned by Nathaniel, a young magician's apprentice, he expects to have to do nothing more taxing than a little levitation or a few simple illusions. But Nathaniel is a precocious talent and has something rather more dangerous in mind: revenge. Against his will, Bartimaeus is packed off to steal the powerful Amulet of Samarkand from Simon Lovelace, a master magician of unrivalled ruthlessness and ambition. Before long, both djinni and apprentice are caught up in a terrifying flood of magical intrigue, murder and rebellion. Set in a modern-day London controlled by magicians, this hilarious, electrifying thriller will enthral readers of all ages.


No.ISBN : 0195160916
Author : Brian Fagan
Genre : Religion
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Copyright Year : 2006-07-20
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DESCRIPTION : A noted archaeologist and popular writer offers an engaging historical account of the enduring love of ancient architecture--the irresistible impulse to visit strange lands in search of lost cities and forgotten monuments.


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Author : Nader Bolour
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Publisher : Doris Leslie Blau
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