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The Khast-Imam complex in Tashkent is a recreated modern site built in the 1990s on an original site. It is a religious centre in Tashkent and a place for worship for Muslim pilgrims. It is situated in the old city area and surrounded by blocks of mud houses.

The ensemble comprises of the Barak-Khana Madrassah of the 16th century, Teleshayakh Mosque, part of which houses an important religious library, the 16th century Kaffal-Shashi mausoleum, which was built over the grave of Abubekr Mukhmmad Kaffal-Shashi, and the Imam al-Bukhari Institute.

This picture is of the Teleshayakh or Khast-Imam mosque from the rear, taken from the central plaza and courtyard behind it. The smaller building right of centre with the blue ribbed dome is the Islamic Library and was constructed to hold the world’s oldest Koran. This is an 7th Century copy that was brought possibly by the Prophet's cousin who is buried at Shah-i-Zindah in Samarkand. There are blood stains down the spine and the sides from when the person is killed. No photography is allowed inside the building.

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