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Childhood: Premodern and Modern: Central Asia
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Central Asia as we know it today was once a region that was home to far-ranging and diverse nomadic tribes practicing transhumance from the border of western China to the Caspian Sea. Throughout the Middle Ages, the region was known for the Silk Road, and was influenced as much by China and the Middle East as it was by Europe. Among the nomadic Kyrgyz and Kazakh groups, Islamic traditions were not deeply rooted, and it was not until the late 1700s and early 1800s, when Russia encouraged the Isl…

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Kuehnast, Kathleen, “Childhood: Premodern and Modern: Central Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 October 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0164b>
First published online: 2009

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