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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.