Two ancient Korans to be shown at once for the first time in Tashkent
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- Participants of the Cultural Heritage Week “Uzbekistan - the Crossroads of Roads and Civilizations: Empire, Religion, Culture” will visit the Center for Islamic Civilization on 23 August, and will also be able to see some of the first Quran in the world.
The historical heritage of all mankind
Guests will visit the Office of Muslims of Uzbekistan and get acquainted with the greatest asset of the entire Islamic world - the Quran of Osman, as well as the Kattalangar Quran.
The Quran of Osman (Usman) is the primary source of the holy book in binding, written on the skin of an unborn calf. In order to see this relic, sacred for all Muslims, hundreds of thousands of believers and tourists from many countries of the world visit Tashkent annually.
Colossal religious significance for Islam and Muslims is the famous Kattalangar Quran. This ancient book refers to those values that make up the cultural and historical heritage of all mankind.
According to experts, the total volume of the Kattalangar Quran could be 206 pages. To date, only 97 pages have been preserved, or about half of the volume of the unique manuscript. The history of the appearance of 81 pages of the Koran in Russia is unknown and under what circumstances they were transferred to the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Subsequent studies showed that 16 pages of the manuscript are kept in Uzbekistan. Currently, the fate of more than half the pages of the unique manuscript remains unknown.
In this regard, NAEMMI together with the Sevimli TV channel and the Uzbek BBC service have implemented a project, goal of which is to research and search for traces of the lost pages of the legendary Koran. A series of documentaries “Facts and Myths of the Kattalangar Quran” was shot.
The shooting took place in Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand, the settlement of Katta Langar, Kamashinsky district, Kashkadarya region and St. Petersburg (Russia). The episodes of the films reveal the history of how the pages of the ancient holy book fell in Katta Langar, how most of them went to St. Petersburg, as well as historical facts and myths related to the Quran, memories of elders and guardians, the history of the “Arab village”.
As part of the project, 30 fifteen-minute films were produced, which are broadcast on the days of the month of Ramadan on the Sevimli TV channel, as well as on the website of the Uzbek BBC service.
Center for Islamic Civilization
One of the significant and informative events of the Cultural Heritage Week will also be a visit by participants to the Islamic Civilization Center, being built in Tashkent.
The construction of a new building and a large-scale research complex, which includes a library, a museum, an information and resource center, scientific departments, a conference hall and other facilities, began on behalf of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev in December 2017. According to the project, it is planned to build an academy, archive and manuscript fund in the center, which will be supplemented by ancient rare manuscripts stored in our country and abroad, lithographic books, historical documents left by great scholars and religious figures, as well as modern research works in this direction .