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Standing in the middle of the courtyard of the Bibi Khanum mosque in Samarkand, this massive marble Koran stand was once used to hold a 7th century copy of the holy text (claimed to be the oldest in existence) that Temur brought back to Samarkand as loot from Damascus. That Koran still exists - these days it is kept in the Tellya Sheikh religious complex in Tashkent, housed in a newly built library adjacent to the medressah and mosque.
The Koran stand has become the focus of an older belief. Barren Uzbek women come here to crawl three times through the lectern's legs in the hope that the legend that promises them a child for this action will come true.