Chaghatay, Language and Literature
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, Chaghatay is an Eastern Turkic language that served as a literary and diplomatic language for the Muslim Turks living in an area stretching from Central Asia to the Crimea and Volga region from the early 9th/15th century until the beginning of the 14th/20th century (Canpolat, 769; ‘Çağatay Dili’, 319). Its name derives from Chaghatāy Khān (q.v.), the second son of Chingīz Khān, who was granted Transoxiana (excluding Khwārazm) as his apanage, and whose descendants ruled in the area after his death, found…

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Sheikh, Hossein and Asatryan, Mushegh, “Chaghatay, Language and Literature”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 21 October 2018 <>

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