August 24, 2009
Rediscovering Central Asia
S. Frederick Starr, Wilson Quarterly
Rediscovering Central Asia by S. Frederick Starr
It was once the "land of a thousand cities" and home to some of the world's most renowned scientists, poets, and philosophers. Today it is seen mostly as a harsh backwater. To imagine Central Asia's future, we must journey into its remarkable past.
In AD 998, two young men living nearly 200 miles apart, in present-day Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, entered into a correspondence. With verbal jousting that would not sound out of place in a 21st-century laboratory, they debated 18 questions, several...
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