Upon moving to the territory of modern Uzbekistan, the ancestors of the Jeynov Arabs received help and protection from the head of the 'Ishqiyya Sufi brotherhood. Arabs paid for help with the Islamic relics they brought along. Among these relics was an ancient manuscript, which, according to a legend, was stained in the blood of the caliph 'Uthman. The manuscript was considered to be the prototype of all copies of the Qur'an. At present, this manuscript is vital for reconstructing the early history of the Holy Text and understanding the development of Arabic grammar studies. The amazing history of the manuscript is correlated to the history of royal dynasties, states and Sufi brotherhoods.
In 2004, Dr. Efim Rezvan published the results of his research on the history of the manuscript and its significance. The book, published both in Russian and English, also comes with a DVD with a colour digital copy of the manuscript and the documentary film "In Search of the Qur'an of 'Uthman". The film was shot in the highland qishlaqs of Southern Uzbekistan, in Tashkent, Samarqand, Bukhara and St. Petersburg.
1. A page from "The Qur'an of 'Uthman" manuscript written in hijazi script on parchment, (property of the Muslim community Katta-Langar; at present kept in the Library of Administration of Muslim Affairs, Republic of Uzbekistan). The page contains one of the 32 sura separators (the end of the 5th - the beginning of the 6th suras) that remained intact in the discovered fragments. The upper right corner of the page is stained with blood.
2. In the ancient mosque, with the book published in St. Petersburg.
1. Efim Rezvan's book, "The Qur'an of 'Uthman" (Katta-Langar, St. Petersburg, Bukhara, Tashkent)
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