Messages from beyond the river

“The lands beyond the river” conjures up the history of the early Islamic conquests of the area between the Jayhun (Amur Darya) River in the south and the Sihun (Syr Darya) River in the north of Central Asia.

Today, this area roughly comprises the modern states of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, southern Kazakhstan, and south Kyrgyzstan. The names of the cities and other geographical landmarks in it call to mind the major works of such famous theological and scientific scholars as Al-Tirmidhi, Al-Bukhari, Al-Farabi, Al-Khwarizmi, Al-Biruni and Ibn Sina.

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