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This is the conclusory chapter of the book, which demonstrates the transition that the Timurid rulers of Iran and Central Asia were obliged to make from the nomadic empire that had been established by the eponymous founder of their dynasty, the charismatic warlord Temur, to a sedentary polity based on the Perso-Islamic model. The reign of Sulṭān-Ḥusain Bayqara, which spanned almost four decades toward the end of the period of Timurid rule in Khorasan, has been interpreted in the book as representing the culmination of the process of transition that began in the first part of the fifteenth century under Temur's successor, Shahrukh, who refocused the empire from Central Asia (Transoxiana) to Iran (Khorasan) by relocating the Timurid capital from Samarqand to Herat. The book sets out to answer a number of questions concerning the transition of the Timurids from a nomadic empire to a sedentary state.

Keywords: Herat; Khorasan; Sulṭān-Ḥusain Bayqara; Timurid rulers



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