By David Durand-Guédy

For almost a millennium, a wide a part of Asia was once governed via Turkic or Mongol dynasties of nomadic foundation. What used to be the perspective of those dynasties in the direction of the numerous towns they managed, a few of which have been of substantial dimension? To what quantity did they stay like their topics? How did they evolve? Turko-Mongol Rulers, towns and City-life goals to increase the point of view at the factor of situation of rule during this specific context through bringing jointly experts in numerous classes, from pre-Chingissid Eurasia to nineteenth-century Iran, and of varied disciplines (history, archaeology, heritage of art).
Contributors contain: Michal Biran, David Durand-Guédy, Kurt Franz, Peter Golden, Minoru Inaba, Nobuaki Kondo, Yuri Karev, Tomoko Masuya, Charles Melville, Jürgen Paul and Andrew Peacock

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The tradition of ‘Princess Cities’ continued into the medieval era, most probably with ‘courts’ that imitated to varying degrees those of the princesses’ homeland. In 821, Tamīm b. Baḥr journeyed to the Uighur capital of Ordu Balïq. 23 None of the local Turks knew who had built it or why it had become deserted. In the 840s, the Caliph al-Wāthiq (r. 842-7) dispatched Sallām the Interpreter, who was fluent in Turkic (and reputedly some 30 tongues), to reconnoitre the lands beyond the Caucasus up to the ‘Wall of Gog and Magog’.

13 Artamonov 2002 (re-edition of 1962 edition, with addenda). 14 Pletneva 1990, 77-8; Pletneva 1998, 26-7. 15 See discussion in Kohl 2007, 13, 146ff. 16 Kuzmina 2008, 49. 24 Peter Golden ments in Siberia. He has found archaeological, folkloric and other evidence, including accounts of Russians travelling in these regions since the seventeenth century, that indicate that there was more urban or ‘proto-urban’ development than had previously been suspected, dating to much earlier periods. He points to the numerous indigenous terms in eastern Uralic and Palaeo-Siberian languages denoting urban settlements or cities.

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