From ancient times Central Asia has been the scene of invasions, struggles for empire, inter-tribal warfare and commerce (along the ancient trading route known as the
Silk Road). The home of several Turkic tribes, Central Asia was once part of the vast Persian Empire.
Since then it has been conquered and occupied by the Macedonians, the Arab Empire and the Mongols (including Genghis Khan and Tamerlane) before becoming part of the Soviet Union.
The Muslim republics which have emerged from the rubble
of the former Soviet Union are wrestling with enormous challenges, as they make up for decades lost to oppression, exploitation or war.
The Arab Empire (Arab Khalifat) imposed Islam on the people of Central Asia who gradually converted to Islam, often incorporating it with their own beliefs to create what is known as Folk Islam. Today the region retains its Islamic identity, though this is stronger in some countries than in others.
God continues to invite the people of Central Asia to be part of His Kingdom, even in the face of opposition and persecution.
Part of the challenge of Central Asia is in understanding the cultural and religious implications contained in the Islamic world.
© Copyright People International 2003-2006