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. Genghis takes Samarkand and Bukhara.
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. Slashing his way across Central Asia, Genghis crushes the great cities that gleamed in Shah Muhammad’s crown. Samarkand, Muhammad’s own capital, surrenders to the Mongols. So does Bukhara, a metropolis in what is now Uzbekistan. Genghis is unrepentant . “I am the punishment of God,” a Muslim historian later quoted him as saying, “If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.” A witness took a dimmer view: “They came, they sapped, they burnt, they slew, they plundered, and they departed.”
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