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The Medieval Islamic World From Central Asia To Anatolia: The Historical And Cultural Context

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With its rapid expansion to the status of world power, the Islamic world became increasingly open culturally to the transmission and active appropriation of ancient learning from Graeco- Roman and Indo-Iranian sources. The westward movement of the culture of Western Central Asia, in particular that of greater Khurasan, resulted not only in an outflow of savants and artists from this region but in a general tendency to "Easternise&t;. The signature of master craftsmen on Anatolian tilework suggests that innovation on Anatolian Saljuq architecture owed much to craftsmen from Khurasan or Ghurid Herat and points to Eastern Iran as one of the earlier and most important centres of artistic innovation.

Keywords: Anatolian; Central Asia; Graeco- Roman; Indo-Iranian; Islamic world; Khurasan; Saljuq



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