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KARSHI

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Originally appearing in Volume V15, Page 683 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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KARSHI, a town of Bokhara, in Central Asia, situated 96 m. S.E. of the city of Bokhara, in a plain at the junction of two main confluents of the Kashka-darya. It is a large and straggling place, with a citadel, and the population amounts to 25,000. There are three colleges, and the Biki mosque is a fine building inlaid with blue and white tiles. Along the river stretches a fine promenade sheltered by poplars. Poppies and tobacco are largely grown, the tobacco being deemed the best in Central Asia. There is a considerable trade in grain; but the commercial prosperity of Karshi is mainly due to its being a meeting-point for the roads from Samarkand, Bokhara, Hissar, Balkh and Maimana, and serves as the market 'where the Turkomans and Uzbegs dispose of their carpets, knives and fire-arms. Its coppersmiths turn out excellent work. Karshi was a favourite residence of Timur (Tamerlane).
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