Culture and History
Here’s a photo report on neweurasia visiting the mausoleum of Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari, the founder of one of the largest and most influential Sufi Muslim orders, the Naqshbandi.
Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari (1318–1389) was born in the village of Qasr-i-Hinduvan (later renamed Qasr-i Arifan) 12 kilometers away from Bukhara. That’s where his mausoleum stands nowadays. The Memorial complex is became a place of pilgrimage for thousands of locals and foreigners.
Wahyudi, from of the group of Indonesians visiting the mausoleum that day, told me that he’d been preparing for this trip almost his whole life. “it’s a dream come true.”
The mausoleum consists of the tomb (photo No. 1), a little mosque open at all times (photo No. 5), Baha-ud-din Naqshbandi museum (unfortunately, not too impressive of what could be one of the most interesting and educating parts of the whole complex), conference center (the place where scholars come once in a while to give presentations on various topics, not necessarily the Naqshbandi or Baha-ud-din himself), and the Abdulazizkhon Khonaqoh (photos No. 6-7). Read the full story »
On May 30 the first festival of the Kyrgyz national drink Kumis was organized in Bishkek. Read the full story »
Another winner of “Novellasia” competition, Kanat Omar, shared his thoughts on literature and told about the people who influenced his creative career. Read the full story »
What could be a better meal option on a warm weekend day in Tashkent? Plov, sure thing!
If you happen to visit Tashkent, make sure you try Uzbek plov (aka pilaff). There are many speculations about which plov is more delicious (yes, spoiled Uzbek people dare to compare plovs from different regions of thri country) but I simply offer you a quick tour to Central Asian Plove Center which is located near Tashkent TV Tower, Yunusabad District.
The organization itself moved few times before settling down there. But traditions and quality never changed since then. Read the full story »
The third finalist of “Novellasia” literary competition Tolibshohi Davlat told us about his dreams and the difficult path of life, which led him to the writing art. Read the full story »
On March 25, Lokhuti theatre of Dushanbe has hosted the Tajikistan bodybuiding championship 2014. Enjoy the video report and some photos.
Swedish avant-garde psychedelic rock band VED completed their tour across Central Asia.
Sovereign Publishing in New York (USA) published Bermet Bukasheva’s novel “Mira” (“Worlds”) based on the real events happened in Kyrgyzstan.
Concert of the Sweden music band VED took place in Dushanbe Gurminj museum of musical instruments on May 17th 2014. The concert was organized in the framework of the international action Museum Night and the concert free entrance event.
In the heart of the Shakh-i-Zinda ensemble, there is a place that is believed to be the last refuge of Kusam ibn Abbas, Prophet Muhammad’s cousin.
Initially, the tomb of Kusam ibn Abbas was the starting point of what is now the world-known Shakh-i-Zinda. Today the ensemble is one of the most popular places for tourists. It is really worth a visit to get closer to the historical monument that was built during 11-12th centuries, and consists of a mosque, mausoleum and a little prayer room.
But mainly, this is a pilgrimage site for people of Samarkand and other cities of Uzbekistan and Central Asian region.
Shakh-i-Zinda is Persian for “The Living King,” tribute to the relative of Prophet Muhammad. People of Samarkand believe that the holy spirit keeps protects them. Thus, Kusam ibn Abbas has never died. Read the full story »