Central Asia is a region of intriguing historic cities and cultural sites. Our travel study trip will take us to the major countries of Central Asia: Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, and the historic destinations of the region. We will visit Tashkent, Ashgabat, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Shakhrisabz and Nisa. The region was previously referred to as the Land of the Caravans because, as part of the Silk Road, caravan routes greatly affected local history and culture. This part of Asia was the birthplace of great builders of empires, like the Timurids under Tamerlane and the Great Moghuls under Babur. Our trip is designed to acquaint you with various facets of local history, society and culture. Special attention will be given to the historical and architectural tradition and the role of Islam in the past and present.