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Notice on the history of the modern Ghijduwan, a city and district in the oasis of Bukhara, which according to Barthold corresponds to the Lower Karghana of early Arabic-writing geographers.  The author discusses R. Frye’s hypothesis (in Encyclopaedia of Islam, 2nd ed., 2:1077) of Ghijduwan being a satellite village of Ramitan, and locates the city well inside the series of the old walls that extended around the oasis of Bukhara, and had been rehabilitated before the Samanids.  The notice continues with notations from tenth- to sixteenth-century geographers on the city’s properity, on important events like the battle of 918/1512 when the Safavid forces were defeated by the Uzbeks, or on the city as home of several men of fame—including the Naqshbandi Sufi Khwaja ‘Abd al-Khaliq Ghujduwani (d. 1220), whose tomb used to attract pilgrims. The last paragraphs deal with the town’s history in modern times.

The Redaction
CER: I-2.4-126