Tag Archives: Khwarezm

Burnley Literary Festival (2016) day 7 – Sufi Music


The following has been rewritten from fragments / reconstructed following some difficulties with a Windows 10 upgrade that deleted my profile nearly 2 years back. Rumi and The Wings of Love Be in the world but not of it, so … Continue reading

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What kind of detail do you consider when Creating a Fantasy World or an SF Universe?


It’s time for another go at this. What is world creation? For several months now I’ve been reading Juvaini’s The History of The World-Conqueror. This work is relatively unknown in the West and was written as an account of the … Continue reading

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The Origins of the West


The Origins of the West are complex.

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What is Zaporozhian?


I was going to deal with this today but a number of pressing business issues came up leaving me with very little time. The answer to this question is more than just a question of history. Of necessity, I’m going … Continue reading

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Russia in the long term


This is about how the dearth of strong regional civilisations near to Russia gives it a free hand, in for example, the Ukraine – Crimea crisis. A couple of weeks back, I posted Were you paying attention to history in … Continue reading

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In Case you weren’t Paying Attention in Class


Here’s a couple of maps and some notes to follow on from Who were the Khwarezmians? In Context… at this time, the last city of the Romans; Byzantium, had just been sacked by the Fourth Crusade. It was incredibly wealthy … Continue reading

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Who were the Khwarezmians?


The answer to this lies in a comment of Kirakos Ganjaketsis in his History Of The Armenians; where he refers to Baghdad as a Tachik city. Tachik or Tajik means city dweller When the Mongols came for Baghdad, they sent … Continue reading

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Easter 2013


Intermittent Diary 23/03/2013 My Telegraph Blog There’s Snow Up North 25/03/2013 My Telegraph Blog Nine Princes in Amber – Roger Zelazny 26/03/2013 Begin to research Lucky. 27/03/2013 Writing – Begin Lucky. I expect this will be about 2,000 words long. … Continue reading

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