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Dateline: 'Shashmaqam' Bukharan Jewish Ensemble - 2002-07-28

The cities of Bukhara and Samarkand in a mostly Muslim area of Central Asia hosted a thriving community of Jews for more than 1,000 years.

Located in what is present-day Uzbekistan, Bukhara and Samarkand were at one time key commercial centers along the Silk Road, the ancient trade route that snaked from China in the East to Italy in the west.

In this edition of Dateline, Carol Castiel looks at the historic role of Bukharan Jews through the music of Shashmaqam.