Thursday, May 28, 2009

All Things Timur

In its search for a modern identity, the Uzbek government and the peope themselves have looked to Amir Temur, known in the west as Tamerlane, and have put him at the center of Uzbekistan's post-Soviet iconography. Like Mao in China, and Genghis Khan in Mongolia, the image of Timur has appears on all the banknotes. The capital of Tashkent sports a Timur museum, near the statue of Timur on horseback at the center of the central park. Here, at the outskirts of Samarkand, Timur's hometown, is a Timur billboard, rather attractive if I must say so myself.

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