Of One Essence is the Human Race,
Thusly has Creation put the Base.
One Limb impacted is sufficient,
For all Others to feel the Mace.
The Unconcern'd with Others' Plight,
Are but Brutes with Human Face.

Shaykh Muslih al-Din Sa'di Shirazi
Translated by Iraj Bashiri
Copyright 2003

    



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Professor Iraj Bashiri
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Copyright Dr. Iraj Bashiri, February 2001

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Introductory Note:

The cultures of Central Asia and Iran share a number of remarkable features. They are Islamic, albeit Sunnite and Shi'ite, and they enjoy a common cosmology and mythology. Additionally, they share the same early history. Indeed, until the rise of the Western Turks and the subsequent coming of the Turks and Mongols to Central Asia, the primary population of the region was Iranian. As descendants of the earlier Indo-European peoples, they followed the teachings of Zoroaster and worshiped his God, Ahura Mazda.

From the foregoing, we can conclude that any social, political, or ideological study of the early history of this region must take this common heritage into consideration. To respect the shared values of the Iranian and the Central Asian peoples, therefore, shared materials are accessible from both the Iran and Central Asia pages. The more recent events, however, appear under either "Central Asia" or "Iran".

This web page covers a vast area from Africa to India and from Kazakhstan to the Persian Gulf. It also contains diverse subjects dealing with the history, literature, and the arts of the region. Check out the "Menus" at the top of this page for a comprehensive listing of all areas covered. Details about the contents are available from the pages within the "Special Features Menu," the "Iran Menu," and the "Central Asia Menu."


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