Uzbekistan: Tajik Language Under Pressure in Ancient Samarkand

Is Tajik being whispered here? (Photo: Dean C.K. Cox)

Back in the days of the fabled Silk Road, Samarkand was a byword for cross-cultural exchange. For hundreds of years, Tajik served as a lingua franca in this flourishing center of Persian civilization, situated in present-day Uzbekistan.

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Murat Sadykov is the pseudonym for a journalist specializing in Central Asian affairs.

Uzbekistan: Tajik Language Under Pressure in Ancient Samarkand

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