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Is somebody trying to start a "paper trail" of some kind? This attempt to create a Turkestan on Wikipedia is highly suspect. One might as well try to change the name of Barcelona to "Occupied Catalonia" or France to "Occupied Basque Land" or some such thing. It's impossible to write this article in its present form without losing NPOV. Perhaps a franker discussion of the political goals of some Uyghurs? That could illuminate the term, and how the reader might encounter it in an article. Profhum (talk) 00:08, 18 April 2008 (UTC)

Profhun, you should read up on the subject. Turkestan is a genuine ethnogeographic region, it is referenced in many scholarly books. You should read up on the subject. Here is a reading list for you (all available on amazon com):

  • The Arts and Crafts of Turkestan (Arts & Crafts) by Johannes Kalter.
  • The Desert Road to Turkestan (Kodansha Globe) by Owen Lattimore.
  • Turkestan down to the Mongol Invasion. by W. BARTHOLD.
  • Turkestan and the Fate of the Russian Empire by Daniel Brower.
  • Tiger of Turkestan by Nonny Hogrogian.
  • Turkestan Reunion (Kodansha Globe) by Eleanor Lattimore.
  • Turkestan Solo: A Journey Through Central Asia, by Ella Maillart.
  • Mission to Turkestan,: Being the memoirs of Count K.K. Pahlen, 1908-1909 by Konstantin Konstanovich Pahlen.
  • Turkestan: The Heart of Asia by Curtis.
  • Tribal Rugs from Afghanistan and Turkestan by Jack Frances.
  • The Heart of Asia: A History of Russian Turkestan and the Central Asian Khanates from the Earliest Times by Edward Den Ross.

WillMall (talk) 17:43, 9 February 2009 (UTC)

Where did the term come from?[edit]

Where did this term come from? Can parts of Europe and America be termed Africastan because there are so many peoples of African ancestry living there? 86.156.253.93 (talk) 01:31, 9 March 2009 (UTC)

Fact is that the term is real and dates from at least the 19th century. It is referenced in many books as the reading list in the article indicates. Turkic peoples are indigenous to the region. Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan are all Turkic Republics in Turkestan. WillMall (talk) 04:28, 9 March 2009 (UTC)

Yes, but it still isn't a country with a flag. This 'article' is propaganda and should be revised properly or deleted.

The comment above is unsigned as I post this. Disagree on the "propaganda" allegation, but I do think that the article should define the article as being about a region with presumably undefinable boundries. The "turkestan" flag is very misleading, and how it is presented probably does cross the line into "propaganda". As an aside, I've understood that the "-istan" suffix meant "woods" or "wooded area", possibly "forest", so that "Pakistan" means (Paki)"woods", etc... If this is true, then the etymology in the 1st sentence seems flawed. Article is worth keeping (opposed to delete), but needs a heavy dose of "full disclosure".Jonny Quick (talk) 22:13, 9 November 2013 (UTC)

Only a part of Turkestan[edit]

In the Overview Turkestan is identified by these words: " historically as Sogdiana, Ma wara'u'n-nahr wara'u'n-nahr ..." Well this isn't exactly so. Ma wara'u'n-nahr is the territory between the rivers Amu Darya and Syr Darya. That region is only a part of Turkestan.Nedim Ardoğa (talk) 21:16, 18 March 2010 (UTC)

Adding map[edit]

Upon the request, I added the map of Turkistan, which is also available in the versions of other languages. The map is appropriate for the description of the term available in the online dictionary of Oxford University Press, Online Edition. BozokluAdam (talk) 19:23, 26 May 2012 (UTC)

Non-sourced edits.[edit]

Parishan has recently begun to make non-sourced edits. Could you please show a source that agrees with the borders of the map? if not, then you are clearly making disprutive edits. By the way, words like these: clearly, because borders of historical regions almost never coincide with modern state borders; and Tajikistan WAS part of the Russian administrative unit of Turkestan, won't help. You have to show a source that shows that Turkestan was like this (and don't compare it to other things). --Mossadegh-e Mihan-dust (talk) 17:58, 11 March 2014 (UTC)

There are plenty of sources, starting from those quoted in some Wikipedia articles:
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  • "Pottery of Tureng Tepe culture from Gorgan plain of Iranian Turkestan ( ~ 3000 B.C.) was studied by Bouchez et al. (1974)." [1]
  • "Not to be confused with the city of Turkestan in Southern Kazakhstan region, Russian Turkestan included most of Alma-Ata and Southern Kazakhstan regions, as well as land in present-day Kyrghyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan." [2]. Parishan (talk) 00:49, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

So what about the source about Iran? by the way the third link doesn't work. --Mossadegh-e Mihan-dust (talk) 12:26, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

I did provide a source about Iran, where it mentions the Gorgan plain as being part of Iranian Turkestan. For the third link, you can go to "www.iranicaonline.org" and search for "Torkestan". Parishan (talk) 20:44, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

The third link doesn't have anything to do with the Turkestan region, it is a mountain range, try to read it more carefully. I am still awaiting a reliable source for Iran. --Mossadegh-e Mihan-dust (talk) 13:52, 17 March 2014 (UTC)

It is a mountain range that stretches across Afghanistan. In any event, as I said, there are plenty of sources even cited on the articles I have linked you to with regard to Afghan Turkestan. As for Iran, I have already provided a link: [3]: "Pottery of Tureng Tepe culture from Gorgan plain of Iranian Turkestan (~ 3000 B.C.) was studied by Bouchez et al. (1974)." Parishan (talk) 02:37, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

That link you just showed is not even reliable, if you actually read carefully once again, then you can see that it is a book about science, not history. Thus it is unreliable, it is a book about science from a non-historian. --Mossadegh-e Mihan-dust (talk) 13:53, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

Why does it have to be a historian? Turkestan is not necessarily a historical concept, it applies to a geographical area, and the term is still in use today. Parishan (talk) 00:33, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

This is how the rules are; we need reliable sources for these kind of things. --Mossadegh-e Mihan-dust (talk) 15:44, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

Right. And what exactly makes you think Geoffrey Longworth is unreliable? Parishan (talk) 23:30, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

Are you kidding me? did you even read what i wrote? --Mossadegh-e Mihan-dust (talk) 18:21, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

I most certainly did. What makes you think "I am kidding you"? Parishan (talk) 03:13, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

No because if you really did you clearly wouldn't have asked that question. --Mossadegh-e Mihan-dust (talk) 16:58, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

What is wrong with inquiring about your motives to doubt the reliability of Geoffrey Longworth as a source, given that we are not discussing a strictly historical concept here? Parishan (talk) 00:42, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

It is quite simple as it: he is not a historian, therefor, not reliable. --Mossadegh-e Mihan-dust (talk) 22:29, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Why does he need to be a historian? Turkestan is a geographical area, not only historical. Parishan (talk) 02:03, 18 April 2014 (UTC)

Well, that's what makes it reliable; a historian. --Mossadegh-e Mihan-dust (talk) 12:09, 18 April 2014 (UTC)

Says who? Parishan (talk) 12:51, 18 April 2014 (UTC)

Says the Wikipedian rules and every other person who knows the difference between a historian and a scientist. --Mossadegh-e Mihan-dust (talk) 19:09, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

You are just dragging this discussion for no obvious reason. It does not have to be a historian, so please stop making up rules. If there is an academic source, historical or non-historical, which defines a geographical area called "Iranian Turkestan", this is already a valid enough reason to keep the map.
And here is more: "Weakness of Admiral Koltchak has enabled them to obtain reinforcements via Orenburg, and they count upon seizing Krasnovodsk and obtaining control over the Caspian. The aim of seizing Khorasan was allegedly to set up a link between Iranian Turkestan, the Southern Caspian coast and Iranian Azerbaijan, something that put Khorasan in "imminent danger"." [4] Parishan (talk) 21:46, 25 May 2014 (UTC)
Another source: [5] [6] "das iranische Turkestan umfaßt die Provinz Gorgan sowie die östlichen Randländer der Provinz Chorassan" ("Iranian Turkestan covers the province of Gorgan and the eastern edge of the province of Khorasan"). (Reiner Olzscha, Georg Cleinow. Turkestan. Koehler & Amelang, 1942) Parishan (talk) 01:12, 27 May 2014 (UTC)