Shrines of Southern Kyrgyzstan: Sites of (Scholarly) Pilgrimage
Arslanbob Ata (Jalalabad oblast)
In the legends that proclaim the great deeds of Arslanbob Ata we learn that he was a holy man and ghazi who brought Islam to the people of Central Asia. He was a prolific forester who populated the mountains of Kyrgyzstan with walnut trees. At the Prophet Muhammad’s command he brought seeds of fruit trees to Central Asia while on his Islamizing mission.
Hazrati Ayub (Jalalabad)
The shrine of Hazrati Ayub, which is located on the grounds of the Jalalabad sanatorium, represents a shrine that is both well-known for its healing capacity and for its appeal to non-indigenous biomedical practitioners.