5. Januar 2021, von AAI Webmaster
On Jan. 05, 2021, Shovosil Ziyodov (IBISRC) will give the second lecture in the Lecture Series on the History and Culture of Central Asia. His lecture will discuss
"The History of Bukhara's Libraries."
The lecture is devoted to the study of the history of librarianship in Bukhara, in which the first section examines the stories of various libraries that existed during the reign of the Samanids in Bukhara. However, there is little information about scholarly book collections and libraries belonging to several madrasas active during this time.
In the second section, we examine the invaluable Arabic manuscripts kept in the personal library of Khwaja Muhammad Parsa, who was a prominent religious scholar of his time in Central Asia. The Library of Muhammad Parsa allows us to get a glimpse at the scholarly interests of its owner. As the data contained in the manuscripts show, this library takes its origins from the public library “Khizanat al-kutub”, founded by the dynasty of Bukhara Hanafi Faqih scholars known as “Sadrs” at least in the XII century. The management of this library passes from the Sadr family in the XIII century to the famous Hanafi theologian Hafiz ad-Din Kabir Bukhari.
A more detailed study of manuscripts from this library can provide valuable material on the history of book publishing in Central Asia and on the early history of the Naqshbandi tradition. Of particular importance for research on the work of Khwaja Muhammad Parsa is a list of the works of this author stored in the Tashkent Fund.
The third section deals with the library at the Gawkushan madrasa, as well as the waqf books of the Juybari shaykhs endowed to the Gawkushan library in the second half of the 16th century in Bukhara.
And the fourth section provides data on private libraries among the qadis of Bukhara in the late 19th and early 20th centuries of the Bukharan Khanate. Private libraries in Bukhara and other cultural centers of the Khanate were indicators of the high spirituality of the local population of these cities. The largest and richest library were in the possession of the following individuals: the educator, poet and writer, statesman, philanthropist and bibliophile, Muhammad Sharif Sadr-i Ziya, the son of Qazi Abd al-Shakur (1865-1932); the prince Khashmat (1862/1932); Qazi-kalan Burhan ad-Din; Qazi Sadri Sariri Balkhi (Abd al-Vahid Sadr Balkhi - “Sarir” (1809/1885); Qazi Inayat Allah Shahrisabzi (d. 1332/1914).
Please find the lecture's poster here (jpeg).
The Lecture Series is a joint project by the İmam Bukhari International Scientific Research Center under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Asien-Afrika-Institut of Universität Hamburg. The lectures will take place from 10-12 a.m. Central European Standard Time / 2-4 p.m. Tashkent time. For further information, please refer to Lecture Series' webpage.
Only registered attendees will be able to access the event. To register, please send an e-mail to Natalie Kontny (firstname.lastname@example.org).