This is an in-depth study of the people of Bukhara and their relations with settled peoples and nomads, from Muscovy to China, and Iran to India. By using lesserknown, or hitherto untapped sources, it corrects long-held misapprehensions fostered by historians of hostile states and champions of the Timurid dynasty. Far from being afraid of their powerful Safawid and Mughal counterparts, the Uzbeg rulers of Bukhara caused them much apprehension and even influenced their foreign policies. 'Abbas I concluded a humiliating peace with Turkey because he wanted to recover Khurasan from 'Abdallah II, Akbar could not risk leaving Punjab during 'Abdallah's reign, Safawid and Mughal attempts at conquering the khanate failed dismally. The book deals fully with dynastic, internal and external problems, trade routes, coinage policies and the khans' attempts to encourage trade.
Table of Contents
Part One: History Introduction: the khanate of Ma wara’ al-nahr Detailed map o f the khanate, Khurasan and Kashghariya 1 A new capital, Bukhara. 1550-61 2 Iskandar’s reign and the struggle for control. 1561-83 3 Foreign expansion under ‘Abdallah and ‘Abd al-Mu’min. 1583-98 4 Birthpangs of the Ashtarkhanid dynasty. 1598-1605 5 Wall Muhammad’s inglorious reign. 1605-11 6 Imam Qull’s long reign. 1611-41 7 Nadir Muhammad and his problems. 1641-51 8 ‘Abd al-‘Aziz alone at the helm. 1651-81 9 Subhan Qull, the last great Ashtarkhanid. 1681-1705 Part Two: Trade 10 Merchandise 11 Routes 12 The khan’s contribution 13 Trade with Asia 4 Trade with Muscov
'An important contribution to our understanding of the economic and diplomatic history of early modern Eurasia.' - Jo-Ann Gross, International Journal of Middle East Studies