The ancient city of Samarkand, nestled in southeastern Uzbekistan, recently played host to the prestigious 7th International Congress, titled ‘The Cultural Legacy of Uzbekistan – Foundation of New Renaissance.’ This gathering brought together scholars from across the globe to celebrate and explore the rich cultural tapestry of Uzbekistan, unveiling hidden treasures such as ancient manuscripts and inscriptions.
Euronews correspondent Galina Polonskaya, in an episode of CULT, delves into the heart of Uzbekistan’s cultural legacy, capturing the essence of the congress and its significance.
Yusuf Abdullaev, Rector of Samarkand University of Technology, shared insights into Uzbekistan’s pivotal role in shaping civilization. Firdavs Abdukhalikov, Chairman of the Board of the World Society on the Study, Preservation, and Promotion of the Cultural Legacy of Uzbekistan, emphasized the country’s commitment to preserving its unique heritage. The society, undertaking a significant project, showcased ten recent editions of curated ‘albums’ containing cultural treasures scattered across various locations.
A highlight of the congress was the unveiling of a meticulously reconstructed facsimile of the Katta Langar Quran, dating back to the late 7th to early 8th century. Pages of this historic book, stored in different museums since Soviet times, were brought together in exact copies for the first time.
Charlotte Kramer, President of Mueller & Schindler Publishing House, clarified that these copies faithfully replicate the original pages. Another collection at the congress focused on epigraphy, exploring inscriptions on Uzbekistan’s monuments.
The event not only underscored the global scholarly interest in Uzbekistan’s cultural heritage but also highlighted the nation’s dedication to preserving and promoting its rich legacy. The congress serves as a platform for sharing these cultural treasures with the world, fostering a deeper appreciation for Uzbekistan’s historical contributions.