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October 2009: A view of the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe complex with the Prayer Hall in the foreground. Landscaping continues to progress.

Construction of the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe began in earnest in September 2005, with the first concrete ceremony performed by His Worship Mahmadsaid Ubaidulloev, the Mayor of Dushanbe. This photo essay follows the building’s progress over the next four years, until the eve of its inauguration on 12 October 2009.

President Rahmon and Mawlana Hazar Imam pause in the library of the new Centre. They engage over a book about renowned poet and Ismaili philosopher, Nasir Khusraw, who lived over a thousand years ago in the region that is modern Tajikistan.

The Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe was opened on 12 October 2009 by His Excellency Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, and Mawlana Hazar Imam. Hazar Imam and the President toured the facility prior to the Opening Ceremony.

Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 30 August 2003 – His Highness the Aga Khan today launched a landmark cultural centre here marking a milestone in the 1 300 year history of the Ismaili Muslim community in Central Asia.

Imamat Day banners and members of the Aga Khan Scouts welcome guests to the reception.

In Tajikistan, the celebration of Imamat Day — or Roz-e Takht Nishini in Tajik — traditionally includes family and neighbourhood gatherings with shared meals, music and dancing. In July 2009 the Aga Khan Development Network Resident Representative Office contributed to the festivities by hosting an education-themed Imamat Day reception.

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