Greater Khorasan or Ancient Khorasan (Persian: خراسان بزرگ or خراسان کهن) (also written Khurasan) is a historical region of Greater Iran mentioned in sources from Sassanid and Islamic eras which “frequently” had a denotation wider than current three provinces of Khorasan in Iran. It also included parts of Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikstan
Khorasan in its proper sense comprised principally the cities of Balkh, Herat and Ghazni (now in Afghanistan), Nishapur and Tus (now in Iran), Merv (now in Turkmenistan), and Samarqand and Bukhara (now in Uzbekistan). However, the name has been used in the past to cover a larger region that encompassed most of Transoxiana and Soghdiana in the north, extended westward to the Caspian Sea, southward to include the Sistan desert and eastward to the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan. Arab geographers even spoke of its extending to the boundaries of ancient India, possibly as far as the Indus valley, in what is now Pakistan. Sources from the 14th to the 16th century report that Kandahar, Ghazni and Kabulistan in Afghanistan formed the eastern part of Khorasan, overlapping with Hindustan…..(See More Details at Wikipedia)
Its really strange as we mentioned in our last post that ‘Testament of Khawajah Moin-ud-din Chishti Ajmeri RA’ will be published soon. In background of that Testament, we thought to post Sultan Shahab-ud-Din Muhammad Ghauri’s Conquest of Dehli and Spiritual Role of Khawajah Moin-ud-din Chishti Ajmeri RA.
Here Orya Maqbool Jaan also mentioned ‘Sultan Ghauri’ and cultural roots of Muslims in Indo-Pak, in his article. Both posts will complement each other now. (that’s how things work spiritually whether someone understands or not)