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Caspian Sea

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

Named after the ancient Caspii who lived on its southwestern shores, the Caspian is the world’s largest inland body of water. Geographically it is a lake, but it is big ...

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Azerbaijan

E. R. Salmanov and Jonathan M. Bloom.

in Oxford Art Online

P ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Islamic Art; Art of the Middle East and North Africa. 11621 words.

[anc. Athropatena, Azarbaijan]

Transcaucasian republic on the west side of the Caspian Sea, bounded by the Dagestan republic of the Russian Federation to the north, the...

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Kazakhstan

T. Kh. Starodub and Jonathan M. Bloom.

in Oxford Art Online

P ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Islamic Art; East Asian Art. 3141 words.

Central Asian republic bounded by Russia to the west and north, China to the east and Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan to the south (see fig.). The Caspian Sea forms much of the...

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Qazvin

in Oxford Art Online

P ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Islamic Art; Art of the Middle East and North Africa. 903 words.

[Qazvīn; Qazwīn; Kazvin]

City in north central Iran, about 150 km north-east of Tehran. Qazvin occupies a favourable geographical position guarding the passes leading north...

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Baku

E. R. Salmanov.

in Oxford Art Online

P ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Islamic Art; Art of the Middle East and North Africa. 1200 words.

[ Bākū]

Capital city of Azerbaijan. Located on the western shores of the Caspian Sea on the Apsheron Peninsula, Baku is largely built from the limestone that covers the...

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Turkmenistan

T. Kh. Starodub and Jonathan M. Bloom.

in Oxford Art Online

P ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Islamic Art; Art of the Middle East and North Africa. 2637 words.

Central Asian republic on the east side of the Caspian Sea, bounded by Kazakhstan to the north-west, Uzbekistan to the north and east, Afghanistan to the south-east and Iran to the south,...

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Tabriz

Lisa Golombek, Massumeh Farhad and Sheila S. Blair.

in Oxford Art Online

P ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Islamic Art; Art of the Middle East and North Africa. 2169 words.

[Tabrīz]

Capital city of the province of Azerbaijan in north-west Iran.

Located on the banks of the Mihran River, the site owes its importance to its strategic...

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Buyid

Robert Hillenbrand.

in Oxford Art Online

P ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections; Religious Art; Islamic Art; Art of the Middle East and North Africa. 1669 words.

[Buwayhid]

Islamic dynasty that ruled in Iran and Iraq from ad 932 to 1062. Civil wars, the erosion of caliphal power by a Turkish military caste, corrupt administration and...

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Ghurid

R. Nath and Jonathan M. Bloom.

in Oxford Art Online

P ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections; South and Southeast Asian Art; Islamic Art. 822 words.

[Ghuri; Ghorid]

Dynasty that ruled portions of Afghanistan and north-west India c. 1030–1206. It originated in the Ghur region of Afghanistan; its first fully historical figure...

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Iran, Islamic Republic of

Jonathan M. Bloom.

in Oxford Art Online

P ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Religious Art; Islamic Art; Art of the Middle East and North Africa. 4018 words.

[Pers. Jumhūrī-yi Islāmī-yi Īrān]

Country in the Middle East with its capital at Tehran. Iran has an area of c. 1,648,000 sq. km, bordered in the north by Armenia, Azerbaijan,...

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