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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The architect of the existing structure, Abu'l 'Abbas Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Kathir Al-Farghani--rather more pithily known in the west as the astronomer Alfraganus--was a native of Farghana, in West Turkistan (now Uzbekistan), an important staging post on the North Silk Road from Xi'an.
It is well known that czarist Russia, starting in the 1850s, occupied the territory of Turkistan; as a result of the agreement between the Russians and the Chinese and a policy of colonization and occupation, West Turkistan became subject to Russia and East Turkistan became subject to China.
At the time of the invasion of West Turkistan by the Russians in the 1850s, the Khokand Khanate, the Khiva Khanate, and the Emirate of Bukhara ruled the lands that make up most of present-day Uzbekistan.

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