On the occasion of the 145th anniversary of the birth of Mahmood Khajeh Behboodi, a book fair was organized in Uzbekistan.
According to ECI public relations quoting Tajikistan's official news agency, Khovar, at Uzbekistan National Library named after Ali Sher Navoi, a book fair was held on the occasion of the 145th anniversary of the birth of Mahmood Khajeh Behboodi, a renowned literary figure. The exhibition displayed works portraying life and activities of Behboodi.
Mahmood Khajeh Behboodi was born in Samarkand in 1875 and was an expert in not only literature but politics and learned Arabic language as well as Islam's history and theory so that he could make pilgrimage to Mecca.
The events of the beginning of 20th century played a very important role in the scholar's worldview. Behboodi was also the founder of "Ayeneh" magazine that was published in Samarkand. During 1912-1913, he published 'Samarkand' magazine in Tajiki and Uzbek languages and was respected among the people as an intellectual. Due to his command over several languages, he was considered as one of the matchless missionaries of human culture.
The drama 'Pedarkoosh' published in 1911 brought him a lot of fame.
Behboodi wrote more than 200 articles in Tajiki and Russian languages, most important among which are 'A selection of public geography (1903)' and 'Ketab ul-Atfal (1904)'.