Muyi Muborak Madrasah

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The Muyi Muborak Madrasah, literally the 'school of the sacred hair' is a 16th century CE madrasah was originally built as a Khanqah for the dervishes. The building was intended to give pilgrims shelter in residential hujras (chambers). The origin of the name relates to a relic attribute to the prophet Muhammad. It is believed that the museum contains a hair strand belonging to the prophet Muhammad himself.

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Overview

At some point during the 17th century CE it was converted in to a madrasah for students. Today the Mui Mubarak madrasah serves as a library. It contains more than 20 thousand manuscripts, lithographs of spiritual content, translations of the Koran in more than 30 languages and thousands of books and manuscripts.

There is evidence that in 1856-1857 CE by decree of the Kokand Khan Mirza Ahmed Kushbegi, the madrasah building was rebuilt again.

Architecture

circa 530 CE

The building is an almost square, built with baked bricks. The entrance to the library-museum is from the identical eastern and western facades. Both, eastern and western, facades have three arches, with the central arch being the entrance flanked with two decorative arches. The only difference between the eastern and western facades is the two large windows on the western side.

Also known as the Khast Imam library-museum it is topped with a single ribbed-dome, adorned with blue tiles.

Notable Manuscripts

circa 530 CE

Tashkent Quran
Also known as the Samarkand Kufic Quran, Uthmani Quran, Samarkand codex, and Samarkand manuscript is an 8th or 9th century manuscript Quran written in the territory of modern Iraq in the Kufic script. This copy of the Quran is traditionally considered to be one of a group commissioned by the third caliph Uthman; however, the modern scholarship has put this attribution in question. The Tashkent Manuscript is one of the oldest Qurans known to exist.

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