UZBEKISTAN PEARL OF THE GREAT SILK ROAD
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Popular Belgian magazine Contact has published an article entitled "Uzbekistan pearl of the Great Silk Road."
Contact - monthly newsletter published in Flemish in Belgium, in Belgian city of Kortrijk (West Flanders Province). Circulation - 5000 copies.
The journal publishes materials on the most important political, economic and cultural events taking place in the region and the world. The publication is distributed among official bodies, companies and other organizations based in the province, as well as parts of Belgium.
The article introduces the reader to the rich history and culture of the Uzbek people, preserved invaluable scientific and architectural heritage of the country. The article stresses that after gaining independence, Uzbekistan has an important public policy objective was to revive wind and cultural values left to us by our great ancestors.
"The country is situated between the major rivers Amu Darya and Syr Darya, in ancient times was one of the cradles of world civilization, the material informs. At one time, it was the central link on the Silk Road, and contact the place of active trade and economic and cultural cooperation between East and West".
Turning to the history of relations between the peoples of Uzbekistan and Belgium, the publication noted that they have their roots in ancient times. This is evidenced by the work of the Flemish monk-traveler Willem Rubruk about Central Asia
(13th century), as well as fabric stored in St.Peter cathedral in Liège and imported from Uzbek village Zandani (9 century), which is located near Bukhara, one of the largest centers of the Great Silk Road.
The genius of medicine, the great ancestor of Uzbek people, Abu Ali Ibn Sina, known as Avicenna is famous in medieval Europe. His "Canon of Medicine" was one of the major textbooks in many medical universities of that time. In 1650 it was also used as a teaching material in the universities of Montpellier (France) and Leuven (Belgium).
"Currently, the Belgian professor at the Catholic University of Leuven Jules Janssens continues study of Avicenna’s work. He wrote more than 200 books about life and works of the great scientist. In 2000, a monument to known ancestor of Uzbek people was set in Kortrijk", the publication said.
Today, available communication received a logical continuation through the partnership between the cities of Tashkent - Kortrijk and Liege - Samarkand.
Further, the publication notes that in present day rich history and culture of Uzbekistan are being thoroughly studied. This is the result of constant attention of the Head of State who attaches great importance to careful storage of cultural and historical heritage and its transmission to future generations.
Summarizing, the publication emphasizes that Uzbek people can be proud of their ancestors, who made a great contribution to world civilization.
Jahon Information Agency, Brussels