The Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe

Looking across the lawn towards the Main Entrance of the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe. Photo: Gary Otte
The Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe. Photo: Gary Otte

Opened in 2009, the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe is the first such Centre in Central Asia — a region that has been home to Ismaili Muslims for more than a thousand years. It stands as both a reminder of great history and accomplishment, and a call on the peoples of the region to reflect on that inheritance as they shape the world of tomorrow.

Inspired by some of the region’s most distinctive monuments, the architecture of the Ismaili Centre blends many craft and artisanal traditions of Central Asia. It is designed to facilitate cultural and intellectual exchange, and to re-invigorate the spirit of enquiry characterised by scholars whose contributions over the centuries were encouraged by the Ismaili Muslim community under the patronage of its leadership.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds town hall meeting at Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at the Ismaili Centre, and is received by AKDN Resident Representative Munir Merali and Muzaffar Djorubov, Executive Officer of the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe. Photo: Courtesy of the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe

Dushanbe, 22 October 2011 — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe today, where she held a town hall meeting to help promote the US-sponsored New Silk Road Initiative. Several hundred people attended the gathering, including various members of Tajikistan’s civil society, local and international development organisations, media outlets, representatives of the AKDN and Jamati leaders.

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On Eid ul-Fitr, the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe hosts its first Jamati celebration

Volunteers prepare to welcome the Jamat to the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr. Photo: Bijan Teja

As Ismaili families in Dushanbe prepared to observe Eid ul-Fitr in the traditional manner, excitement brewed at the prospect of the Jamat coming together to celebrate the occasion at the new Ismaili Centre for the first time ever. The gathering proved a momentous and moving experience for all.

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Navroz celebrated for the first time at the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe

In March 2011, Navroz was celebrated for the first time at the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe. Photo: Courtesy of AKDN Tajikistan

In celebration of Navroz, the Aga Khan Development Network hosted a reception at the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe. Over 300 people attended the celebration, which was held on 20 March 2011 and was the first Navroz event ever held at the Centre.

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Imamat Day in Tajikistan marks 15 years of engagement in the country’s development

Volunteers hard at work setting up displays for the AKDN Exhibition at the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe. Photo: Natasha Merali

On 11 July, the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe was the venue for an Imamat Day reception hosted by the Aga Khan Development Network in Tajikistan. The event, which also marked the 15th anniversary of the signing of an Agreement of Cooperation between the Government of Tajikistan and the AKDN, included a cultural show as well as a three-day exhibition of AKDN’s projects in the country during the past 15 years.

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