Jeinov - We Arrived (Uzbekistan Arabs: Images of Traditional Culture)
Expeditions to be Continued
Jeinov - We
Arrived , the first temporary exhibition under the topical Expeditions to be
Continued, was opened on 2 November 2004. Each of the exhibitions of the above
topical would be associated with a number of academic and media projects done by
the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera).
The Jeinov - We Arrived exhibition
was prepared under the Kunstkamera's 290th anniversary. The
exhibition was organized in cooperation with the ROSBALT information agency,
"Saint -Petersburg - 21st Century" producer center, "Jeynov"
international Arabic cultural center and the "Tsifra" printing house.
For the first time on display are the
items of traditional culture of the Arabs who live in kishlak Jeinov (Kashka
Daria Oblast, Mirishkor district of the republic of Uzbekistan) through several
centuries. On the turn of the 15th -16th centuries several
Arabian tribes were moved here from Northern Afghanistan under the order of a
ruler. The name of the kishlak (ja-yi naw "a new place" in Persian
language) is explained by the locals as Arabian ji'na - "we arrived ".
The exhibition is furnished with
photographs and video films which picture the most important sides of
traditional culture: the Koran, mosque, marriage, child, woman, bread, man,
cotton, carpet, clay.
The exhibition is timed to coincide
with the publication of E.A. Rezvan's book, "The Qur'an of 'Uthman
(Katta-Langar, St. Petersburg, Bukhara, Tashkent)". The Arabs brought to Central
Asia sacred relics including one of the earliest manuscripts of the Koran in the
world. The Muslims regarded it as the first record of the Scripture.
Idea - Efim Rezvan, photographs -
Tatyana Fedorova, documentary film Vyacheslav Makarov, Kristina Gertsegovskaya;
design - Sergey Duzhnikov; maintenance - Andrey Melnikov.
Special thanks to Mr. Muradullo
Saidov, head of the Unit Investment Farm "Jeynov" and the head of the
International Arab Culture Center.