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Islamic History of Central Asia (Khurasan)

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The Prophet (saw) said “Armies carrying black flags will come from Khurasan..”(Tirmidhi)

“His eye might there command wherever stood City of old or modern fame, the seat Of mightiest empire, from the destined walls Of Cambalu, seat of Cathaian Can, And Samarkand by Oxus, Temir’s throne, To Paquin of Sinaean kings, and thence To Agra and Lahore of Great Mongol” (Milton, Paradise Lost, XI.385-391)

“Amir Timur (Tamerlane), The Sultan of Jihad, Slayer of the infidels be it East (Chinese), West (Christendom), South (Hindus) or North (Russians). Purifier of the deviants, Master of what the right hand possess (concubines) and pupil of Shaykh Sayid Baraka Al Andkhoi An Naqshbandi, Amir of Tasawwuf (Tasawuf in name and reality) ” [Kitab Al Mizan fi Amirul Mu’mineen, vol 4 p1].

“From the Irtish and Volga to the Persian Gulf and the Ganges to Damascus and the Archipelago, Asia was in the hands of Amir Timur.His armies were invincible, his ambition was boundless and zeal to convert the whole of the West. Now he stood at the gates of Europe; its feable, kings, Henry IV of England, Charles VI of France, trembled indeed, knowing their that he trounced their most feared enemy, Sultan Bayazid” Edward Gibbons [The decline and fall of the Roman Empire,London, 1937].

Home of the “Great Game” and the ancient Silk Road, its Islamic Legacy is without a doubt unquestionable. From knowledge, art and science to some of the great warriors of Islam.

This short, intensive course aims to cover the following:

  • Central Asia before Islam and the Golden Age
  • Great Islamic Scholars of the Region
  • The Golden Horde
  • Amir Timur (Tamerlane)
  • Khurasan and what the future holds and the lessons that may be learned.

Dr Ilker Evrim Binbas

Shaykh Atabek Shukurov Nasafi

Dr Ilker Evrim Binbas graduated in History from Turkey and then completed his PHd at the University of Chicago. Currently he is a lecturer in the Department of History at Royal Holloway College of the University of London. His main interests include Timurid and Ottoman historiography and is currently working on an intellectual biography of the Timurid historian Sharaf al-Din ëAli Yazdi, who was the most influential biographer of Tamerlane.

*Shaykh Atabek Shukurov Nasafi began his religious studies in his native Uzbekistan at the tender age of ten under local scholars such as Shaykh Sayyid Karim Namangany and Sheikh Muhammad Jaan, under whose guidance he began to memorise the Qur’an. He completed his studies at the age of 21 in various subjects, including Arabic Language, Tajwid, Hadith, Fiqh and Tafsir at Madrasa Abul Qasim and Jamia Islamia in Samarqand. In 1998 he moved to Damascus (Syria) for higher studies where he enrolled on a 4 year al-Ijaza al-Alimiyya programme at the Takhassus Institute which is affiliated to al-Azhar University, Egypt. Whilst continuing his studies at the institute he also focused on intensive private lessons with Shaykh Muhammad Adnan Darwish and covered Fath Bab al-‘Inaya and the Muwatta’ of Imam Malik. He has also studied Shudhur al-Dhahab, Sharh Qatr an-Nada, Tuhfat al-Murid and Mukhtasar Sahih al-Bukhari with Shaykh Rushdi al-Qalam. He graduated in 2003 having spent the final year at al-Azhar and was given certification by the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy.

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