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Uzbekistan: Samarkand History and Culture Museum



May 2003, Samarkand, Uzbekistan:  The Samarkand History and Culture Museum in Uzbekistan received the Ambassador’s Cultural Preservation Fund Grant of $14,200. The grant was used to improve conditions in the hall displaying ancient Islamic manuscripts and Korans. The oldest Koran in the hall dates back to the 11th century and is written on palm leaves.

The old display room was only 25 square meters, extremely humid and cold during the winter and excessively dry and hot during the summer. With the support of the Deputy Governor of Samarkand Province, a larger space, 140 square meters, was donated for the project. The grant money refurbished the gallery hall, installed proper temperature control and light systems, and purchased appropriate, museum-quality showcases.

The new Koran room opened in May 2003 and was attended by local clergy and the Governor of Samarkand Province, Shavkhat Mirziyaev, who stated that the opening of the refurbished hall was “made possible thanks to the efforts of the American Embassy and the Ambassador’s Culture Preservation Fund. Cooperation with the U.S. continues not only in military areas but also in the areas of culture, education and shared values.”

A $10,000 supplement was donated to digitize part of the museum collection and to purchase TV monitors to display artifacts.

(Photos courtesy U.S. Embassy Tashkent, Uzbekistan; click for larger image and caption.)

Photo of room before renovation at The Samarkand History and Culture Museum that displays ancient Islamic manuscripts and Korans, photo courtesy U.S. Embassy Tashkent, Uzbekistan, May 2003New room at The Samarkand History and Culture Museum displays ancient Islamic manuscripts and Korans, photo courtesy U.S. Embassy Tashkent, Uzbekistan, May 2003 New room at The Samarkand History and Culture Museum displays ancient Islamic manuscripts and Korans, photo courtesy U.S. Embassy Tashkent, Uzbekistan, May 2003 New room at The Samarkand History and Culture Museum displays ancient Islamic manuscripts and Korans, photo courtesy U.S. Embassy Tashkent, Uzbekistan, May 2003 New room at The Samarkand History and Culture Museum displays ancient Islamic manuscripts and Korans, photo courtesy U.S. Embassy Tashkent, Uzbekistan, May 2003 New room at The Samarkand History and Culture Museum displays ancient Islamic manuscripts and Korans, photo courtesy U.S. Embassy Tashkent, Uzbekistan, May 2003


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