Focus on a Unique Her­itage

World Sci­en­tific So­ci­ety works to high­light Uzbek cul­tural her­itage around the world

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - FRONT PAGE - Eka­te­rina Mi­naeva

The World Sci­en­tific So­ci­ety for the Study, Preser­va­tion and Pop­u­lar­iza­tion of the Cul­tural Le­gacy of Uzbek­istan has con­vened a ma­jor sci­en­tific and cul­tural fo­rum en­ti­tled “Uzbek cul­tural her­itage, a bridge be­tween Uzbek­istan and France”.

This stopover in Paris is part of a pro­ject called “The Cul­tural Her­itage of Uzbek­istan in World Col­lec­tions”. This ma­jor scheme, in­ter­na­tion­ally unique, aims to iden­tify, cat­a­logue and show­case all art ob­jects re­flect­ing Uzbek cul­tural her­itage cur­rently scat­tered among the largest col­lec­tions around the world.

Due to its strate­gic po­si­tion on the Silk Road, on the bor­ders of Per­sia, In­dia and China, Uzbek­istan has over the cen­turies been sub­jected to mul­ti­ple cul­tural in­flu­ences that have in­spired an ex­cep­tional artis­tic out­put.

Pre­serv­ing the mem­ory of this glob­ally dis­trib­uted le­gacy and to en­sure its preser­va­tion and pop­u­lar­i­sa­tion is the mis­sion of the World Sci­en­tific So­ci­ety, a non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion cre­ated in May 2017 in Tashkent and Sa­markand, bring­ing to­gether aca­demics from more than 20 coun­tries.

This ini­tia­tive has no equiv­a­lent in the world, in terms of ge­o­graph­i­cal cov­er­age, re­search fields and or­gan­i­sa­tion and works with pub­lic, state, and in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions as well as part­ners in the busi­ness com­mu­nity to pur­sue its goals.

The es­tab­lish­ment and con­tin­ued ac­tiv­ity of the World Sci­en­tific So­ci­ety owes to Uzbek­istan's grow­ing open­ness to the world and its pol­icy of de­vel­op­ing friendly re­la­tions with all coun­tries, and to re­vive the cul­tural her­itage of the na­tion.

The prin­ci­pal goal of the World Sci­en­tific So­ci­ety is to cre­ate a global data­base that lists the his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural ob­jects of the peo­ples of Uzbek­istan, col­lected in many coun­tries, in­clud­ing Rus­sia, Ger­many, the Czech Repub­lic and Canada.

Agree­ments have al­ready been reached with direc­tors of a num­ber of ma­jor mu­se­ums for the pub­li­ca­tion of books and pro­duc­tion of doc­u­men­tary videos re­gard­ing the Uzbek items and arte­facts found within their col­lec­tions. So far agree­ments have been made with the fol­low­ing in­sti­tu­tions: The Lou­vre Mu­seum in France, the Bri­tish Mu­seum, the Ash­molean Mu­seum and the Bodleian Li­brary at Ox­ford in the UK, the Na­tional Li­brary of Spain, the Top­kapi Mu­seum of Turkey and the Miho Mu­seum in Ja­pan.

To date, more than 30 re­search trips have been or­gan­ised to col­lect in­for­ma­tion on in­ter­na­tional col­lec­tions of art ob­jects orig­i­nat­ing in Uzbek­istan and stored in var­i­ous mu­se­ums and pri­vate col­lec­tions. Ten books and al­bums de­voted to Uzbek works in the mu­se­ums of the Rus­sia and Uzbek­istan have al­ready been pub­lished, with the con­tri­bu­tion of more than 50 sci­en­tists from dif­fer­ent na­tions. In ad­di­tion, twenty doc­u­men­taries cat­a­logu­ing the his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural ob­jects of Uzbek­istan found in more than fif­teen mu­se­ums world­wide have al­ready been filmed.

Fir­davs Ab­dukha­likov, head of the pro­ject, said: “We are proud to be able to lead this am­bi­tious pro­ject with the help of the global com­mu­nity. Our goal is to build a foun­da­tion which cat­a­logues and ex­plores the art and ob­jects of Uzbek cul­ture over the cen­turies. This is an ex­am­ple of our na­tion’s emer­gence from in­tro­spec­tion and our de­sire to em­brace the worlds of sci­ence, cul­ture and arts.”

Works are in progress on the dig­i­ti­za­tion and pub­li­ca­tion of fac­sim­ile copies of out­stand­ing mas­ter­pieces stored in the world li­braries such as the manuscripts of poet Alisher Navoi (Bri­tish Li­brary, Na­tional Li­brary of France, Na­tional Li­brary of Rus­sia), a hand­writ­ten work by Rui Gon­za­lez de Clav­ijo, the Am­bas­sador of the King of Castile to the Court of Te­mur (Na­tional Li­brary of Spain), manuscripts of works by Abu Ali ibn Sina (Avi­cenna), as well as other valu­able writ­ings re­lat­ing to Uzbek cul­ture.

In France, the World Sci­en­tific So­ci­ety is work­ing with a team of spe­cial­ists, co­or­di­nated by Pro­fes­sor Pierre Leriche, Di­rec­tor of Sci­en­tific Re­search at the French Na­tional Cen­ter for Sci­en­tific Re­search. Two books that were pre­pared with the Lou­vre Mu­seum were pre­sented at the Fo­rum.

Prof. Leriche said, “Uzbek­istan is a cross­roads of civ­i­liza­tions: the meet­ing point of Ira­nian, Western, In­dian and Chi­nese in­flu­ences. All these civ­i­liza­tions have left mon­u­ments that Uzbek­istan has at heart to pre­serve and to make them known to the whole world. We ap­pre­ci­ate a strong sup­port for ar­chae­ol­ogy and an un­re­served ac­cep­tance of in­ter­na­tional teams to deepen the his­tory of Uzbek­istan.”

The Fo­rum ded­i­cated to “Uzbek Cul­tural Her­itage, a bridge be­tween Uzbek­istan and France” took place on Wednesday, Oc­to­ber 3. It is or­ga­nized with the sup­port of an Uzbek com­pany ERIELL, an in­ter­na­tional oil­field ser­vice con­trac­tor.

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