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A Turkish-speaking people, Mongol by descent and Sunni Muslim by religion. They moved through Kazakhstan to Turkistan and Transoxania between the 14th and 16th centuries to trouble the Shiite Safavid rulers of Persia. Initially ruled by the Shaybanids and then the Janids, they later split into dynasties based on Bukhara, Khiva, and Kokand.

Subjects: World History.

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