Russian Turkestan

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Russian Turkestan

(Placename) See Turkestan


(ˌtɜr kəˈstæn, -ˈstɑn)

a vast region in central Asia, from the Caspian Sea to the Gobi desert: includes the Xinjiang Uygur region in W China (Chinese Turkestan), a strip of N Afghanistan, and the area (Russian Turkestan) comprising the republics of Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Tadzhikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
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In 1863 the Russian Empire created two administrative districts in Central Asia: the General-Governorship of Russian Turkestan, which included southern Kazakhstan, with its capital in Tashkent, and the Steppe Region [Stepnoy Kray] with its capital in Omsk, which included the lands of Siberian and Semirechensk Cossack Hosts in the modern North Kazakhstan.
They focused on educating women and reformed Islamic marriage and divorce laws in order to regenerate the millat, or the "nation" of Islamic people in Russian Turkestan, the Central Asian lslamic region of the old Russian empire.