ANCIENT NISA CENTRE OF SYNERGY ALONG THE SILK ROUTE

P. L. Dash

Abstract


Abstract: Emancipated from decades of Soviet rule, independent Turkmenistan looks forward, in asoul searching quest to play a pivotal role in Caspian energy politics and shape theregional scheme of political developments to its best pursuit and advantage. While energyreserve, particularly natural gas, has remained Turkmenistan’s major asset in a largelyenergy hungry world, its more valuable asset is its cultural heritage which hassignificantly contributed to the assimilation and synthesis of the cultural ethos of theOrient and the Occident. Located at the confluence of various civilizations in CentralAsia along the ancient Silk Route, Turkmenistan and its ancient cities of Merv and Nisawere famous trading centres. MIRAS, the Cultural Directorate of the Turkmenistangovernment, organized an international conference on 5-7 December, 2007 to revive thepast of these cities along ancient Silk and Spice Routes that connected India, China andthe rest of the world with Central Asia.

Keywords: Nisa, Turkmenistan, Iran, Khorassan, Merv, Central Asia, India, Mongols, Silk Route.


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