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Notes on the Geography of Uzbekistan: Samarkand: Shah-e Zende: Photo 21

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Detail of  Khwaje Ahmad.  The large inscription in white reads: "may this tomb be that of the light, the garden of good fortune of Khwaje Ahmad, who had no equal in beauty."  The Persian poem wrapping the arch reads: "If you were the Shah of Iraq and the King of China, Your end would still be under the earth./ Why bind the heart to this temporal world,/ For inevitably it shall come to an end?"  Between these two inscriptions is a third, in squarish Kufic script, with the repeated and formulaic "The kingdom is God's" and "The wisdom is God's."

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