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Uzbekistan covers 172,178 square miles and is slightly larger than California.
(AP, 5/15/05)
The population was about 26 million in 2005. The capital is Tashkent. Uzbeks made up 80% of the population. 88% of the population was Muslim, mostly Sunni.
(SFC, 10/12/01, p.A16)(WSJ, 5/4/05, p.A17)
Sogdiana was a province of ancient Persia between the Oxus and Jaxartes Rivers, later known as Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. The extinct Iranian language of Sogdiana was spoken. Their alphabet was the source of the later Uighur and Mongolian alphabets.
(WUD, 1994, p.1264,1353)(AM, 9/01, p.50)

Links: CIA Fact sheet: http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/uz.html
Emulate: http://www.emulateme.com/uzbekistan.htm
EurasiaNet: http://www.eurasianet.org/resource/uzbekistan/index.shtml
Paksoy: http://www.ukans.edu/carrie/archives_main.html
Travel Docs: http://www.traveldocs.com/uz/index.htm