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The Khanate of Khiva under Abu al-Ghazi Bahadur is a custom civilization mod by Arilasqueto with contributions from JakeWalrusWhale, Chrisy15 and Zharques.

This mod requires Brave New World. It was released as part of the Crossroads of the World event.



The Khanate of Khiva was a Central Asian polity that existed in the historical region of Khwarezm in Central Asia from 1511 to 1920, except for a period of Afsharid occupation by Nader Shah between 1740 and 1746. Centred in the irrigated plains of the lower Amu Darya, south of the Aral Sea, with the capital in the city of Khiva, the country was ruled by a Turco-Mongol tribe, the Khongirads, who came from Astrakhan. It covered present western Uzbekistan, southwestern Kazakhstan and much of Turkmenistan before Russian arrival at the second half of the 19th century.

Abu al-Ghazi Bahadur[]

Abu al-Ghazi Bahadur was Khan of Khiva from 1643 to 1663. He spent ten years in Persia before becoming khan, and was very well educated, writing historical works in the Khiva dialect of the Chagatai language.

Abu al-Ghazi is known as the author of two historical works: "Genealogy of the Turkmen", or Shajara-i Tarakima, finished in 1661, and "Genealogy of the Turks", or Shajara-i Turk, finished in 1665. These are important sources for modern knowledge of Central Asian history. The Shajara-i Turk was Abu al-Ghazi's magnum opus. According to Abu al-Ghazi, in Shajara-i Turk he used the work of Rashid-al-Din Hamadani, Sharaf ad-Din Ali Yazdi, and other writers, totalling 18 historical sources, and corrected them in accordance with Turkic oral traditions which he was taught as a Prince. A manuscript of the Shajara-i Turk was purchased in Tobolsk from a Bukhara merchant by Swedish officers detained in Russian captivity in Siberia; using the local literate Tatars, the Swedish officers first translated the book into Russian, and then they retranslated it into various other languages. The French translation of the Shajara-i Turk was first published in Leiden in 1726, the French translation served as an original for a Russian translation published in 1768-1774, in 1780 it was published separately in German and English, and during the 18th century was widely read in Europe.

Dawn of Man[]

"There is a new story to be written, Abu al-Ghazi Bahadur, Khan of Khiva. Before ascending to the throne, you lived in exile, calling the Safavid court in Isfahan your home after a power struggle between you and your brothers. You are responsible for two historical works of great importance, the Shajara-i Tarakima, or the Genealogy of the Turkmen, and the posthumously completed and released Shajara-i Turk, or the Genealogy of the Turks. Both of these books were later used by others as sources for Central Asian history. You were the one who preserved vast swathes of the history of your people and of others,which has allowed your legends to be told even today.


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Khan Abu al-Ghazi Bahadur, these works were important for your people and the Khanate of Khiva. But there is a new story to be written, a new genealogy to be told. It is yours to write. You must forge your name into the histories of the world, become not just important for your Khanate, but for the entire world. Can you write your own history of the Khanate of Khiva and etch your name into the very same books you wrote? Will your civilization stand the test of time?"

Introduction: "Welcome to Khiva. Is your delegation staying long, or passing through like the travellers of old?"

Defeat: "Alas, I too pass into the pages of history. My descendants shall write of me, I am certain."

Unique Attributes[]

Khiva (Abu al-Ghazi Bahadur)

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Shajara-i Turk

Conquering Barbarian Encampments provides a Caravan if there is a slot available and adds the tile to your empire. +1 Greatperson Kitabdar point per unique Luxury resource.


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Kitabdar (Great Writer)
  • When expended, tiles you own that once held Barbarian encampments generate +1 of a random yield, and up to 3 new Barbarian encampments spawn near your borders.

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Khasa-badar (Musketman)
  • Spawns a random Luxury resource upon conquering a Barbarian encampment.
City List
  1. Khiva
  2. Urgench
  3. Merv
  4. Kath
  5. Kungirot
  6. Hazarasp
  7. Sarakhs
  8. Mangut
  9. Kyzyl-Su
  10. Tejen
  11. Geok Tepe
  12. Ilali
  13. Meshkli
  14. Koukertli
  15. Chanki
  16. Kara Gumbet
  17. Machmet-Serai
  18. Dargan
  19. Askait
  20. Burukana
Spy List
  • Ilbars
  • Sayid
  • Tahir
  • Avniq
  • Nuradi
  • Shahlo
  • Lola
  • Tamara
  • Anusha
  • Vali




Peace Theme War Theme
"Morning Breeze (Uzbek instrumental Music)" by Turankhodzhaev Nadzhot. "Glorious Morning (Uzbek Instrumental Music)" by Turankhodzhaev Nadzhot.

Mod Support[]

Mod Support
Community Balance Patch
Ethnic Units
Map Labels
Unique Cultural Influence
Wish for the World

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now tracing their lineage and eating plov. I worry the rest of the world will succumb to the influence of your culture."

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 3 August 2022


  • Arilasqueto: Design, Art, Text, Research
  • JakeWalrusWhale: Art, Database
  • Chrisy15: Code
  • Zharques: Text
  • GPuzzle"": Design
  • Hoop_Thrower: Research
  • JFD: TSL Support
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