Day 2: Kokildor-Ota Khanaka

15th century Termez was a city on the brink of transition.  The Timirud epoch was in full swing, decedents of Amir Timur fighting amongst themselves to maintain the vestiges of his once great empire, and putting their own personal stamp on things with monumental construction projects all over Central Asia.  The Sayyids were still hanging … Continue reading Day 2: Kokildor-Ota Khanaka

Day 7: Minor Mosque

Situated along the left bank of the ancient Angor canal running through the center of Tashkent, the Minor Mosque is a brand new example of monumental architecture in the post-independence era of Uzbekistan.  The first President of the Republic, Islam Karimov, ordered its construction through an executive order that a mosque should be built within … Continue reading Day 7: Minor Mosque

Day 51: Kalon Minaret

Landmarks are by their very definition supposed to leave you with the impression of greatness, but the Kalon Minaret is a special case.  Not only was it built with that purpose in mind from the very beginning, but it was supposedly spared destruction by Genghis Khan because he was so impressed by how great it … Continue reading Day 51: Kalon Minaret

Day 67: Qur’an of Usman

Among the 20 thousand books within the library of the Muslim Board of Uzbekistan is the Quran of Usman, perhaps one of the most important holy relics in the Muslim world.  Definitively dated to the 8th or 9th century, and perhaps as early as the 7th, this Quran is believed to be one of the … Continue reading Day 67: Qur’an of Usman

Day 68: Hazroti Imom Mosque

The Hast Imam ensemble may be one of the most important religious sites in the Islamic world, but you won't hear much about it outside of Uzbekistan.  Hosting the oldest known copy of the Quran, and a strand of hair from the Prophet Muhammad, Hast Imam is the heart of muslim Tashkent.  This sprawling architectural complex, … Continue reading Day 68: Hazroti Imom Mosque

Day 79: Shrine of Imam al-Bukhari

We've actually visited this major shrine twice since moving to Uzbekistan.  First in October of 2015, and then again in March 2016.  Located about 30 km outside Samarkand in the village of Hartang, the Shrine of Imam al-Bukhari is a major pilgrimage site in Uzbekistan, but is not usually on the typical tourist trail.  We … Continue reading Day 79: Shrine of Imam al-Bukhari