Uzbek­istan: the great Is­lamic Civ­i­liza­tion, a car­a­van of the Silk Road and Hos­pi­tal­ity at its Best

The Diplomatic Insight - - Uzbekistan -

*Amir Ab­bas Turi splen­did call from ‘The Diplo­matic In­sight’ to Uzbek­istan, was re­ally some­thing ex­tremely fab­u­lous which beg­gars de­scrip­tion. How­ever, I will try to give shape of words to the marvelous feel­ings I had. ‘Evac­u­ate the plane im­me­di­ately,’ was the call from an air host­ess upon reach­ing to Tashkent as I was gone in the world the city took me to a dif­fer­ent world. The way from air­port to ho­tel was a view worth watch­ing:breath-tak­ing scenery, cri­te­rion build­ings and fo­liage stand­ing lofty in full blossom. Our host from the tourist depart­ment was re­ally a hum­ble and hu­mor­ous lady - with a cheer­ful smile. While de­tail­ing us about our sched­ule and Tashkent in gen­eral, she would start laugh­ing and had got im­pres­sive English lin­guis­tic skills. The pur­pose of this trip was to broaden our knowl­edge over the cul­ture and his­tory of the friendly Mus­lim state (Uzbek­istan), which in­cludes learn­ing cen­tres in Tashkent to the great Is­lamic civ­i­liza­tion, an­cient spots and Silk Road of Bukhara and his­tor­i­cal places of Sa­markand. In­de­pen­dent since 1991, the coun­try seeks to grad­u­ally lessen its de­pen­dence on agri­cul­ture while de­vel­op­ing its min­eral and pe­tro­leum re­serves. The lit­er­acy rate in Uzbek­istan is 99.3% with a rank of 25 out of 193 coun­tries. Con­versely, in Pak­istan the lit­er­acy rate is 54.9%. Uzbek­istan is unique com­pared to the other Cen­tral Asian re­publics be­cause it is the only repub­lic whose an­ces­tors set­tled and build grand cities in­stead of liv­ing a purely no­madic life. The lin­eage of those in Uzbek­istan is as an­cient as the Silk Road. Out of all the grand jour­neys one can take in a life­time, the Silk Road is sup­posed to be one of the great­est. Trav­el­ling in the foot­steps of car­a­vans, re­li­gious cler­ics and hord­ing Mon­gols is a task left to the great­est of ad­ven­tures. Though this route went through a great num­ber of coun­tries, re­gions and cul­tures, I think most peo­ple as­so­ci­ate Silk Road travel to the re­gion of the Cen­tral Asian re­publics. With this said, no other coun­try rep­re­sents the great bazaars and car­a­vans of the Silk Road life as Uzbek­istan. The great Silk Road played a great role in the devel­op­ment of Uzbek­istan cul­ture. pre­served in Uzbek­istan up to day. There are the Kho­jaAkhrar Mosque and Tomb, Gur Emir Mau­soleum, Ruhabad Mau­soleum man­sions where women could only join were es­tab­lished in the territory of Cen­tral Asia. The KizBibi com­plex was the most pos­sess health­ful­ness. Peo­ple from far off coun­tries are com­ing Fur­ther­more, many folks died dur­ing the con­struc­tion of these mau­soleums, tombs and mosques. The teal tile on these mon­u­ments and beau­ti­ful blue pat­terns, whose pro­duc­tion has been long for­got­ten, gives the great Silk Road cities a seren­ity you do not of­ten ex­pe­ri­ence. As well, de­spite the desert cli­mate, Uzbeks are ex­pert gar­den­ers and you will com­pre­hend that hid­den be­hind ev­ery gate, wall and court­yard is sanc­tu­ary. With its roots as a meet­ing place of peo­ples from all over Asia, the lo­cal culi­nary tra­di­tions are well es­tab­lished. Cus­toms and tra­di­tions of Uzbek peo­ple have been form­ing for cen­turies. They are very dis­tinc­tive, im­pres­sive and dif­fer­ent, dat­ing back to dif­fer­ent epochs and re­li­gions. Territory of to­day Uzbek­istan, a land be­tween two rivers, be­ing a part of early states, be­came the ba­sis for for­ma­tion of cul­tures, which sub­se­quently be­came the ba­sis of Uzbek cul­ture. Over cen­turies, tra­di­tions and cus­toms of Uzbek peo­ple had been re­mained al­most un­changed de­spite the de­sire of many in­vaders to im­pose alien cul­ture on. Is­lamic tra­di­tions were closely and minds of Uzbek peo­ple. Cen­turies-old cus­toms and tra­di­tions of Uzbek peo­ple are care­fully main­tained and passed on from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion. Like many Asian na­tions, most festive Uzbek cus­toms are re­lated with ma­jor fam­ily cel­e­bra­tions: births and wed­dings. These events in­clude many rites and rit­u­als in­volv­ing par­ents, chil­dren, broth­ers, sis­ters, im­me­di­ate and re­mote rel­a­tives as well as neigh­bours and guests. Each one has its own role. Uzbek tra­di­tions are based on hos­pi­tal­ity, re­spect for el­ders, and ob­ser­vance of rules of the Ko­ran. the ma­jor part of pop­u­la­tion can speak Rus­sian lan­guage too. In some re­gions such as in Sa­markand and Bukhara lo­cal peo­ple

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