Shakhimardan is a small town, or more precisely an exclave, in the Fergana district of Uzbekistan. It is wholly geographically separated from the rest of Uzbekistan and is bordered with Kyrgyzstan from all possible sides. In fact, it is 55 Km away from city of Fergana and 25 Km from southernmost Uzbekistan border nestling in Kyrgyzstan’s Alai range.

History Of Shakhimardan

Shakhimardanwhich is a Persian world translates to"Lord of the people." This implies that it had a long history of Muslim dominance, as in case with other cities in Uzbekistan. According to legends, Hazrat Ali, the son in law of Prophet Muhammad visited this place, and it is the place of one of his theorized seven graves. Thus it is a religious and sacred pilgrimage place.

For a brief period of time, this place was called Hamzaabad in honor of poet HamzaHakimzadeNiyazi, which got changed shortly after he was stoned to death. The current situation of Shakhimardan can be partially (or even completely) attributed to borderlines created by Stalin during the Tsarist Era. As misunderstood and ill planned as the division was, the consequences were not good at all. Fergana Valley especially had to endure much of it, the regions of which still remain disputed to this day. Many families who inhabited the land for decades suddenly found themselves under the rule of a whole new country. Similar situation was faced by Uzbeks living in Shakhimardan who saw themselves surrounded by Kyrgyzs who were culturally similar but not equal. As part of territorial exchange between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan in 1930, Shakhimardan became a part of Uzbekistan.

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