Video: Arabs in the Karshi steppe

The life and traditions of the Arab community in Uzbekistan


The village of Jeynau (Kashkadarya province, Uzbekistan) stands apart from other Uzbek villages, as its population is composed exclusively of Arabs, the descendants of those who came to Central Asia in the 8th century (‘Jeynau' is translated from Arabic as ‘we have come’). For 14 centuries the Arab community in Central Asia remains isolated, retaining its language, customs and rites, though showing respect for the traditions of the peoples of the country they live in. The Arab roots can be seen in everything: clothes, people’s features and their way of life. The Jeynau women wear traditional Arab clothes and adornments, and most of them are engaged in the traditional ancient craft of carpet weaving. A visitor can see in the village elements of the traditional Arab life, such as the Arab dances, the Arab wedding ritual and others. Jeynau features a mosque (built in 1242 of Hijrah) and a market (bazaar), where local craftsmen sell their items - handmade Arab carpets and many other things.

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