Mosque Name: Afrasiab Mosque

Country: Uzbekistan

City: Afrasiab Settlement

Year of construction (AD): 700-799

GPS: 39.669483 66.990691 approx

Gibson Classification: Unknown


Description:

Reference to this mosque was found in texts. We have not located it on the ground. The mosque is reported to have been 115 x 84 meters. Note: Karev believes it to be a palace, and only later to become a mosque Dated to: the mid-8th century. Some have suggested early 9th century for a date.


The site of the city

The site of the city


Much has been weathered away.

Much has been weathered away.


Phase 2 Mosque

This mosque is dated to the early 9th century. References for Phase Two are:

Axunbabaev, Xasan, and Grenet, Frantz, 1990. “Le chantier sous la mosquée cathédrale”, in: Paul Bernard, Frantz Grenet and Muxammedžon Isamiddinov, “Fouilles de la mission franco-soviétique à l’ancienne Samarkand (Afrasiab): Première campagne, 1989”, Comptes rendus des séances de l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres 134(2): 356-380. https://www.persee.fr/doc/crai_0065-0536_1990_num_134_2_14854

Axunbabaev, Xasan, Grenet, Frantz and Igor Ivanickij, 1992. “Le chantier (1) sous la mosquée cathédrale”, in: Paul Bernard, Frantz Grenet and Muxammedžon Isamiddinov, “Fouilles de la mission franco-ouzbèque à l’ancienne Samarkand (Afrasiab) en 1990 et 1991”, Comptes rendus des séances de l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres 136(2): 275-311. https://www.persee.fr/doc/crai_0065-0536_1992_num_136_2_15096


Much has been weathered away.

Much has been weathered away.


References:

Axunbabaev, Xasan, and Grenet, Frantz, 1990. “Le chantier sous la mosquée cathédrale”, in: Paul Bernard, Frantz Grenet and Muxammedžon Isamiddinov, “Fouilles de la mission franco-soviétique à l’ancienne Samarkand (Afrasiab): Première campagne, 1989”, Comptes rendus des séances de l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres 134(2): 356-380. https://www.persee.fr/doc/crai_0065-0536_1990_num_134_2_14854

Axunbabaev, Xasan, Grenet, Frantz and Igor Ivanickij, 1992. “Le chantier (1) sous la mosquée cathédrale”, in: Paul Bernard, Frantz Grenet and Muxammedžon Isamiddinov, “Fouilles de la mission franco-ouzbèque à l’ancienne Samarkand (Afrasiab) en 1990 et 1991”, Comptes rendus des séances de l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres 136(2): 275-311. https://www.persee.fr/doc/crai_0065-0536_1992_num_136_2_15096

Karev, Yury, 2004. “Samarqand in the Eighth Century: The Evidence of Transformation”, in: Donald Whitcomb (ed.), Changing Social Identity with the Spread of Islam: Archaeological Perspectives, Chicago: The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 51-66. https://oi.uchicago.edu/research/publications/ois/ois-1-changing-social-identity-spread-islam-archaeological-perspectives


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