by Mark Dickens
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Transoxiana (sometimes rendered as Transoxania) is Greek for
the Oxus" and was the term used by Greek geographers to refer to the
area on the far side of the Oxus River (the Amu Darya), from a Western
perspective. Although it is commonly used to refer just to the area
between the Amu Darya and the Syr Darya (i.e. roughly modern
Uzbekistan), my use of it in the title above is meant to cover all of
Central Asia. This
vast and fascinating part of the world comprises the five ex-Soviet
Asian republics of Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and
Uzbekistan, along with Xinjiang (Eastern Turkestan), a province in
China (see the flags below; note that the flag of Eastern Turkestan is
not an official flag approved by the Chinese government, as it
the aspirations of the indigenous people of Eastern Turkestan for
Many would also include Afghanistan, as well as possibly Mongolia and
of Iran, in Central Asia.
If you know of any good websites on Central Asia that I have
or if any of the links below have changed or are now obsolete, please drop
me a line and let me know. Thanks.
Follow this link back to the home page of Oxus
Communications, if you reached this page through some other