Central Asia

Jewelry and pendants from Central Asia, including Turkoman (Turkman) and Tekke tribes, Uzbekistan Jewelry, Afghanistan Wedding headdresses, Kohistani Silver Bracelets, Asyk Pendants, Kuchi and Kazakh pendants and beads, and more fill this category with some real beauties.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Central Asia is a region of Asia from the Caspian Sea in the west, China in the east, Afghanistan in the south, and Russia in the north. It is also sometimes known as Middle Asia or Inner Asia and is within the scope of the wider Eurasian continent.

Various definitions of its exact composition exist, and no one definition is universally accepted. Despite this uncertainty in defining borders, it does have some important overall characteristics. For one, Central Asia has historically been closely tied to its nomadic peoples and the Silk Road. As a result, it has acted as a crossroads for the movement of people, goods, and ideas between Europe, West Asia, South Asia, and East Asia.

In modern contexts, all definitions of Central Asia consensually include these five republics of the former Soviet Union: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Other areas often included are the Republic of Mongolia, Afghanistan, northern and western Pakistan, northeastern Iran, Jammu and Kashmir, and western portions of the People’s Republic of China including Xinjiang, Tibet, Qinghai, Gansu, western Sichuan, northwestern Yunnan and Inner Mongolia, as well as southern parts of Siberia, Russia.

During pre-Islamic and early Islamic times, Central Asia was a predominantly Iranian[5][6] region that included sedentary Sogdians, Chorasmians and semi-nomadic Scythians, Alans. The ancient sedentary population played an important role in the history of Central Asia. After expansion by Turkic peoples, Central Asia also became the homeland for many Turkic peoples, including the Uzbeks, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and Uyghurs, and Central Asia is sometimes referred to as Turkestan.

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