The Coming of Islam to Bukhara

Hugh Kennedy

in Living Islamic History

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780748637386
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653218 | DOI:
The Coming of Islam to Bukhara

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The Muslim invasions of Turkistan and Iran in the seventeenth century have been discussed several times in the modern literature. This chapter focuses instead on the implication of Muslim invasion on the topography and demography of Bukhara. It considers the geography of Muslim occupation and settlement, the reactions of the local people to the invaders and the impact of the coming of Islam on the topography and environment of the city. Basing itself on Arabic and Persian accounts of the conquest and on the subsequent history of the city, the chapter paints a picture of changing fortunes, including the several political and social accommodations that the inhabitants of the city and the neighbouring areas had to make in order to be incorporated into the new Muslim order. It also illustrates the rivalries between several indigenous sources of power, and the relationship of the city and its surrounding areas given Bukhara’s complex situation.

Keywords: Muslim invasions; Bukhara; topography and demography; Muslim occupation; Muslim settlement

Chapter.  6779 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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