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Alumni Travel Reading Lists 2020: Central Asia

Five rusty boats lying on the dry, sandy bed of the Aral SeaMoynaq, Aral Sea. Photo by Arian Zwegers. CC BY 2.0 license


The History of Bukhara translated from a Persian abridgement of the Arabic original by Narshakhī. Read here or online at
Originally written in Arabic in 943/44 C.E. and translated into Persian in 1128/9 C.E. 

Trade and Travel

Central Asia's Silk Road

Green and brown mountain ravine with blue sky and white clouds
"The beauty of Kazakhstan" by Torekhan Sarmanov 
Used under a CC Attribution 2.0 license

Yurt with a light pink roof, white sides, and gold symbols

Yurt by Maureen Barlin. CC By-NC-ND 2.0 License


Selected and Annotated By:

Rebecca Stuhr
Director, Engagement and Librarian for
Classical Studies, Liaison for
Russian and East European Studies

For more information concerning this Penn excursion, please visit the Penn Alumni Travel website.

Fiction and Poetry




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