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Persianate, not "Turko-Persian".

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Submitted by Azad (Netherlands), Jan 15, 2003 at 15:32

The correct name for that culture is the Persianate culture not the "Turko-Persian".
Turkophones (mostly of mixed race and Persianized in culture) only spoke in Turkic dialects and were in the military. That is not enough participation in creating and forming the culture to deserve the name "Turko-Persian" culture.
All the elements in that area which have to do with culture were drawn from the Iranian culture and the Islamic faith, not much Turkic elements (like shamanism, yurts etc.) were incorporated in it. That is what makes the name "Turko-Persian" an unreal one.


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