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Why is the city declared to be in Tajikistan?
As far as I know, Samarkand is located in Uzbekistan so why does the article state that the city is located in Tajikistan? This should be corrected. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 00:38, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
Popular culture sections can be useful, though random pieces of unsourced and unencyclopedic information are not. The Popular culture section in this article has attracted a lot of random pieces of unsourced and trivial information. Leaving the section in place will likely encourage more unsourced and dubious material, so I have moved it here for editors to evaluate the material, find sources, and look to see if the information can be incorporated into the main body of the article per WP:MISCELLANEA, or a more robust Popular culture section built. SilkTork✔Tea time 16:08, 10 January 2016 (UTC)
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[[File:'Claudius Bombarnac' by Léon Benett 28.jpg|thumb|Bazaar in Samarkand, illustration by Léon Benett for a Jules Verne novel]] "The Golden Horde" was a 1951 movie starring David Farrar and Ann Blyth. It depicted a defence of the city against the forces of Genghis Khan.
The Road to Samarcand is one of Patrick O'Brian's early novels (1954) about an American teenage boy, the son of recently deceased missionary parents, who travels from China with a small party on the Silk Road en route to the West.
In Sergei Lukyanenko's The Last Watch, the main character Anton Gorodetsky visits Samarkand as part of his investigation and the city's landmarks feature heavily.
Samarkand can appear as an archetype of romantic exoticism, notably in the work by James Elroy Flecker: The Golden Journey to Samarkand (1913).
In Islamic literature and discussions, Samarkand has taken on a semi-mythological status and is often cited as an ideal of Islamic philosophy and society, a place of justice, fairness, and righteous moderation.
Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, explores the metaphysical significance of the marketplace in a volume of poetry entitled Samarkand and Other Markets I Have Known, 2002.
Embassy to Samarkand by Ali Bey (Ruy González de Clavijo) is a narrative of the journey to Samarkand by the Spanish nobleman Ruy González de Clavijo, who travelled disguised as a Syrian notable (Ali Beg or Bey in Spanish), sent by the king of Spain as ambassador to Timur in the late 14th century. The book was published in 1406 after González de Clavijo's return to the metropolis.
Murder in Samarkand by Craig Murray is a book about the UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan's experiences in this role, until he resigned over human rights abuses in the country in October 2004.