The Creation of the Medieval City in Central Asia (Fifth–Thirteenth Centuries)
Анарбаев, А. Благоустройство Средневекового Города Средней Азии (V – Начало XIIIв.). Ташкент: Фан, 1981, 120с.

Anarbaev, A. Blagoustroĭstvo Srednevekovogo Goroda Srednyeĭ Azii (V – Nachalo XIIIv.). Tashkent: Fan, 1981, 120pp.


The Creation of the Medieval City in Central Asia (Fifth–Thirteenth Centuries)

Благоустройство Средневекового Города Средней Азии (V – Начало XIIIв.)

This is a pioneering work on archaeological science pertaining to Central Asia. The book focuses on the living environment in the mediaeval city. The materials used for preparing this research are based on excavations which took place near Pandjiqent, Samarqand and Nasaf. The aim of this investigation is to learn more about the living environment in the cities of Soghdiana between the fifth and thirteenth centuries, including the layout of streets, trading and industrial buildings, and water supply. 

The author explains that the main purpose of this study is to investigate the development of cities in Central Asia by understanding the different cultures of the region before and after Islam. The first part of the book covers the period between the fifth and eighth centuries, and the second examines the changes which took place in Central Asian cities after the Arab Conquest up to the Mongol era.

The book looks at the historical topography and the socio-economic life of the region. It outlines the plans, functions, organisation and use of the city streets in the urban settlements. It depicts the amenities provided around markets, trading quarters and residential buildings in the Central Asian cities and describes the system of water supply, sanitation, and greenery in the urban settlements of Central Asia. 

At the end of the book there is bibliography and a list of abbreviations. The research is complemented with black and white photographs, as well as plans and lay-outs of the urban settlements.

Shamsiddin Kamoliddin
Translated by Ivan Leonidov
Kamoliddin, Shamsiddin. '"English abstract of 'The Creation of the Medieval City in Central Asia (Fifth–Thirteenth Centuries)'". Translated by Ivan Leonidov. In Cities as Built and Lived Environments: Scholarship from Muslim Contexts, 1875 to 2011, by Aptin Khanbaghi, 30. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014.
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