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Lost Enlightenment:
Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane
S. Frederick Starr

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of Illustrations ix
Preface xiii
Dramatis Personae xxi
Chronology xxxi
Chapter 1 The Center of the World 1
Chapter 2 Worldly Urbanists, Ancient Land 28
Chapter 3 A Cauldron of Skills, Ideas, and Faiths 62
Chapter 4 How Arabs Conquered Central Asia and Central Asia Then Set the Stage to Conquer Baghdad 101
Chapter 5 East Wind over Baghdad 126
Chapter 6 Wandering Scholars 156
Chapter 7 Khurasan: Central Asia's Rising Star 194
Chapter 8 A Flowering of Central Asia: The Samanid Dynasty 225
Chapter 9 A Moment in the Desert: Gurganj under the Mamuns 267
Chapter 10 Turks Take the Stage: Mahmud of Kashgar and Yusuf of Balasagun 303
Chapter 11 Culture under a Turkic Marauder: Mahmud's Ghazni 332
Chapter 12 Tremors under the Dome of Seljuk Rule 381
Chapter 13 The Mongol Century 436
Chapter 14 Tamerlane and His Successors 478
Chapter 15 Retrospective: The Sand and the Oyster 515
Notes 541
Index 611

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