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Karshi

city, southern Uzbekistan, in the Karshi oasis, on the Kashka River. At least 1,000 years old, it lay on the caravan route from Samarkand and Bukhara to Afghanistan and India; it was known as Nakhsheb, or Nesef, until the 14th century, when a fort (Turkic karshi, "against") was built there. Later, as part of the khanate of Bukhara, it served as the residence of a ruler and traded in grain, wool, vegetable oils, and dried fruits.

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