From a sleepy silk road oasis to the Dar al-Fakhira (the abode of Glory), the Qubbat al-Islam (the Dome of Islam), and Bukhara Sharif (Bukhara the Noble). It is difficult to introduce a city which has held such a symbolic place in historical memory from Turkey to Hindustan. For the whole region, Bukhara is regarded as a place of origins – a fountainhead of academia, jurisprudence, and architectural and artistic innovations. Bukhara supplied the Muslim world with such figures as Imam Bukhari and ibn Sina (Avicenna), and a host of Sayyeds and Sufis who enlightened Khurasan, Iran, and Hindustan. Even as late as the 19th century, Bukhara hosted 365 colleges drawing scholars from as far as Tatarstan (in present day Russia) and Kashgar (in China). Although quarters of the city were ravaged by Russian and Soviet armies in the late 19th and early 20th century, the remainder was meticulously preserved and restored (some would argue, museumified) so that today Bukhara is one of the most complete and magnificent classical cities remaining in the Muslim east.
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