by Mark Dickens

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Transoxiana (sometimes rendered as Transoxania) is Greek for "beyond the Oxus" and was the term used by Greek geographers to refer to the area on the far side of the Oxus River (the Amu Darya), from a Western perspective. Although it is commonly used to refer just to the area between the Amu Darya and the Syr Darya (i.e. roughly modern Uzbekistan), my use of it in the title above is meant to cover all of Central Asia. This vast and fascinating part of the world comprises the five ex-Soviet Central Asian republics of Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, along with Xinjiang (Eastern Turkestan), a province in northwestern China (see the flags below; note that the flag of Eastern Turkestan is not an official flag approved by the Chinese government, as it represents the aspirations of the indigenous people of Eastern Turkestan for independence). Many would also include Afghanistan, as well as possibly Mongolia and parts of Iran, in Central Asia. 

This page contains links to websites concerned with Central Asia, as well as articles and papers I have written and other information about this area that I and others have collected or translated from Uzbek. Since there is currently so much available on Central Asia on the Internet, I have decided to limit the links to those that are about Central Asia in general or specific aspects of Central Asian history, languages, literature and culture that interest me, especially concerning the Uzbeks of Uzbekistan and the Uighurs of  Eastern Turkestan.

E. Turkestan






If you know of any good websites on Central Asia that I have missed or if any of the links below have changed or are now obsolete, please drop me a line and let me know. Thanks.

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  1. Papers and Articles on Central Asia
  2. Information about Uzbekistan
  3. Academic Resources for the Study of Central Asia & the Turkic World
  4. Websites on Central Asia

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