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Turkestan and the Rise of Eurasian Empires: A Study of Politics and Invented Traditions

Ali Anooshahr


It has long been known that the origins of the early modern dynasties of the Ottomans, Safavids, Mughals, Mongols, and Shibanids in the sixteenth century go back to “Turco-Mongol” or “Turcophone” war bands. However, too often has this connection been taken at face value, usually along the lines of ethnolinguistic continuity. The connection between a mythologized “Turkestani” or “Turco-Mongol” origin and these dynasties was not simply and objectively present as fact. Rather, much creative energy was unleashed by courtiers and leaders from Bosnia to Bihar (with Bukhara and Badakhshan along the w ... More

Keywords: Persian historiography, inventing traditions, Eurasian origins, Ottomans, Mughals, Safavids, Shibanids, Mongols, problem of origins

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190693565
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190693565.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ali Anooshahr, author
Associate Professor of History, UC Davis