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Hm. Even in Google maps it's written like "Samarqand". Siberian explorer 18:02, 13 November 2010 (CET):

That's because Uzbek spelling uses "q", and Google Maps often puts the names as they appear in the local language. However, when a native English speaker wants to search for an article on this city, he's most likely to write "Samarkand". Just like we put the Moscow article at "Moscow" instead of "Moskva". CRCulver 18:11, 13 November 2010 (CET)