This week in class All Around This World ventures to Uzbekistan, one of the world’s only two “doubly landlocked” countries, and an essential stop on the storied Silk Road.
— OVERVIEW: For its several thousand years of recorded history Uzbekistan has both benefited from, and been the victim of, its location at central Asia’s crossroads . . .
— MUSIC: As a landlocked Central Asian nation that was also a hub of Silk Road travel, Uzbek music developed deeplocal traditions but has also remained open to outside influence . . .
— LANGUAGE: Most people in Uzbekistan speak Uzbek, though some Tajiks in Bukhara and Samarqand speak the Tajik language . . .
— UZBEK DANCING: Uzbek folk dance, which most publicly takes place at festive life-cycle events like a marriage, is a gender-segregated affair — women dance together, as do men . . .
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