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‘The Architectural Epigraphy of Uzbekistan’. Scholar viewpoints

On October 17, 2016, Uzbekistan Today News Agency, the UNESCO Office in Uzbekistan and the National Association of Electronic Mass Media of Uzbekistan are hosting a presentation of the project ‘The Architectural Epigraphy of Uzbekistan’ dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Uzbekistan's national independence and the 10th anniversary of Uzbekistan Today News Agency. The event will be held under the slogan “Messages from the Depth of Centuries: Education, Enlightenment, Peace and Creativity in Uzbekistan’s Architectural Epigraphy” in Tashkent.

Prominent scholars and epigraphy experts have provided positive references on the books. They include the Vice-President of Uzbekistan’s Academy of Sciences Bahrom Abduhalimov, the Deputy Chairman of Uzbekistan Muslim Board Sheikh Abdulaziz Mansur, academician Edvard Rtveladze and academician Akbar Hakimov.

The series of albums has received positive reviews from several top international specialists: Professor Sims-Williams, the Curator of Medieval Oriental Epigraphy at the British Museum; Professor Ludwig Callus, head of the Arabic calligraphy section at Sorbonne University, Professor Anke von Kugelgen at the University of Bonne Свободного; Professor Vladimir Nastich, lead specialist on numismatics and Central Asian epigraphy at the Institute of Oriental Studies under the Russian Academy of Sciences among others. Similar reviews were provided by specialists during a major international conference held in May 2012 in Bukhara.

Edvard Rtveladze, Academician of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan:

“These albums are large-scale and unprecedented in the scientific and cultural value of the project, whose main purpose is to find, study and publish epigraphic inscriptions on architectural monuments in Uzbekistan. The work carried out is colossal. The authors were able to supplement and correct the previously published and read translations of Arabic, Persian and Turkic inscriptions, for the first time to engage in a lot of the scientific currency of epigraphic material that previously could not be read in the art, and therefore had remained unknown to researchers. For example, inscriptions on such outstanding complexes as Shahi Zinda, Registan, a number of monuments of Bukhara and Khiva, cartouches with inscriptions on the pylons of the palace of Amir Temur, Aqsarai, and more that were once inaccessible. This work is a clear contribution to the study of the spiritual and cultural history of Central Asian peoples. And most importantly, no country where monuments of Islamic art and architecture can be found has carried out such a large project. Uzbekistan is the first country to have done that.”

Hamad bin Muhammad ad-Davani, Professor, Chairman of the National Chancellery of Oman’s Cabinet:

“You are doing great and important work, and I want to express my gratitude for these efforts. It is hard work, and it aims to benefit all mankind. These books provide a unique opportunity to get acquainted with architectural monuments and learn the essence of the inscriptions left by our ancestors. In addition, the published material demonstrates the wisdom and glory of the Uzbek people, the whole country’s genius scientists reared in this land, the high civilization of the region. Each researcher who wants to study the history of Uzbekistan should definitely read this book. I think that not only Uzbek, but also foreign researchers must deeply study the history of the ancient cities of Uzbekistan, the experience of the great scientists, the scientific heritage of the East. We must treasure and preserve this cultural heritage for all mankind.”

Jurgen Paul, Professor, the University of Gale, Germany:

“These publications are important not only for Uzbekistan but also epigraphy experts throughout the world. These albums exemplify careful attitude to the preservation of national heritage. I am very pleased that the project continues, and I think that you are in for more inspiring discoveries. It seems that the old dream of starting to memorialize and publish Uzbekistan’s epigraphy has finally come true. And the fact that the project is supported by the state instills confidence in the future...”

Vladimir Nastich, Doctor of History, the Institute of Oriental Studies, the Russian Academy of Sciences:

“This is a truly important project that kicked off with the publication of the book “Masterpieces of Uzbekistan’s Architectural Epigraphy”. It is remarkable that the study of arabographic epigraphy in your country is carried at the level of a state program. I am not aware of any such precedent. I hope that the continuation of the project in the form of presentation of readings and translations of inscriptions on other monuments of Uzbekistan will be realized in the near future. This will be a truly important contribution to science.”

Rocco Ronte, Professor and head of the Section of Oriental Culture and Art, The Louvre Museum:

“These publications are of great interest not only for epigraphy specialists, but also for the people of the historical cities of Uzbekistan. They will increase the required level of knowledge regarding the content of the inscriptions on historical monuments of Uzbekistan. The creative team of the project has done a great job in the field of study and systematization of epigraphy of various regions of the country. These remarkable albums are the outcome of these efforts.”

Ahmad Rajab Rizk, Professor of Central Asian history, archeology and art, Cairo University:

“This research work captures the most important inscriptions and varieties of calligraphy. It is very important and useful for all researchers and contains a lot of useful information for students as it acquaints them with outstanding landmarks in Uzbekistan and the inscriptions found on them. This fundamental research work contains a lot of illustrations and it may be deemed significant not only for Uzbekistan but also for the Islamic civilization as a whole.

I would like to express my deep thanks to everyone who has contributed to the publication of these books. It is important to present these books in Arabic and English so that they can be disseminated in Arab and European countries. These countries are very interested in learning more about the culture and art of Uzbekistan which formed the crust of Islamic civilization and was the culture and education hub for the entire world.”

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