A SOGDIAN COLONY IN INNER MONGOLIA BY EDWIN G. PULLEYBLANK The men of Sogdiana, says the New T'ang History, "have gone wherever profit is to be found". Pre-eminently traders, but also carriers of arts and crafts and of new religions, they travelled and settled not only along the trade routes of Central Asia but also deep in the interior of China and among the nomads of the steppes. Much of this, for instance their important civilizing influence among the Uigurs, is already known. What does not seem to be known at all in the west, and only very imperfectly among Far Eastern scholars is the part they played among the Northern Turks who preceded the Uigurs. Later these partially Turkicized Sogdians formed a colony on the northern Chinese frontier whose unexpected and fascinating story I propose to tell. When the Turks (T'u-chueh) abruptly appeared at the middle of the sixth century, destroyed the power of the Jou-j an, and went on with the co-operation of the Persians to wipe out the I) 22r13.r.a. 2) In 1923 T. Haneda WJ m pointed out some of the most important evidence of Sogdian presence and influence among the Northern Turks (Shinagaku
T'oung Pao – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1952
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