Turkestan (region)

URI https://medievalmideast.org/place/17378

in Central Asia


  • Hebrew: ארץ התוגרמים = ʾRṢ HTWGRMYM 1
  • Persian: ترکستان = Turkistān 2
  • Syriac: ܬܣܫܢܣܛܢ = TSShNSṬN 3

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Event DescriptionDate
Events mentioned by Benjamin of Tudela 1 before c.1170c.117313th C1907
Events mentioned by Nāṣir-i Khusraw 2 c. 1050circa 106510th C Hijrī/16th C CE2001
Events mentioned by Michael the Syrian 3 before 11991195-1199?15982009


  • 1Land of the Togarmim: Marcus N. Adler, ed., The Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela (London: Frowde, 1907), 51, 62 [Hebrew with English translation].
  • 2Turkistan: Nāṣir-i Khusraw, Nasir-i Khusraw's Book of Travels, ed. Wheeler M. Thackston (Costa Mesa, Calif.: Mazda, 2001), 63 [Persian with English translation].
  • 3Gregorios Yuhanna Ibrahim, ed., The Edessa-Aleppo Syriac Codex of the Chronicle of Michael the Great (Piscataway, N.J.: Gorgias Press, 2009), 81 [Syriac].
    • Turkestan: J.-B. Chabot, trans., Chronique de Michel le Syrien (Paris: Ernest Leroux, 1901), I, 120 [French].

How to Cite This Entry

Thomas A. Carlson, et al., “Turkestan” in Thomas A. Carlson, ed. Historical Index of the Medieval Middle East, last modified September 16, 2021, https://medievalmideast.org/place/17378.

Additional credit information:

  • Thomas A. Carlson: Data merging and XML; Hebrew transliteration from Benjamin of Tudela's travelogue; matching from Nāṣir-i Khusraw's travelogue; and categorization, matching, Syriac collection and transliteration from Michael's chronicle
  • Liran Yadgar: place categorization; abstract; and categorization, matching, Hebrew collection from Benjamin of Tudela's travelogue
  • Mary Papadopoulos: categorization, matching, Persian collection and transliteration from Nāṣir-i Khusraw's travelogue
  • Jessica Mutter: categorization, matching from Michael's chronicle
  • McKenzie Cady: categorization from Michael's chronicle
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