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(Delightful, Fine, Elegant, Brilliant, Extensive, and Pleasant) Merv (Abbasid Empire)

Reading up a little about the Abbasid Caliphate, I was charmed by the historical memory of cosmopolitan Merv. In modern day Turkmenistan, it was once a major seat of Islamic power in the Persian cultural east. It did not seem … Continue reading

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