Notes on the Geography of Uzbekistan: Samarkand: Shah-e Zende: Photo 1
There is a formal entrance, but we're coming from the back, which is a large cemetery deliberately located near the tomb of "the living king." He was Qutham-ibn Abbas, a cousin of Muhammad and--arriving in Samarkand about 677--one of the first Muslims in Central Asia. Beheaded by a Zoroastrian, he picked up his own head and disappeared down a well, where he survives underground, ruling from under the spot marked now by a mosque. The pilgrimage to his tomb goes back to the 11th century, and so does the tomb itself--but not before. Pilgrims still come to join the ongoing prayers or (ziarat).
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