Oct 26, 2008

Aga Khan Development Network in Tajikistan

Operating in Tajikistan since 1992, the AKDN works towards a vision of an economically dynamic, politically stable, intellectually vibrant, and culturally tolerant Tajikistan. The AKDN is present in all regions of the country and employs approximately 3,000 people through its operations and investments. For more information on AKDN activities in Tajikistan, click here.
The Ismaili Centre Dushanbe, expected to be completed in 2009, will seek to be a place for "contemplation, upliftment, and the search for spiritual enlightenment."

The Tem Bridge, opened in 2002, is one of four cross-border bridges connecting Afghanistan and Tajikistan constructed by the AKDN to improve linkages in the region.

Expected to be completed by the end of 2009, the Dushanbe Serena Hotel will create opportunities for economic development in Tajikistan.

The University of Central Asia campus in Khorog will offer a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programmes at an internationally recognized standard.
Ismaili Heritage
According to an article published by the Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS), the Tajik Ismailis constitute one of the largest and historically oldest concentrations of Ismaili communities in the world. The history of Islam in Central Asia has extended from the eighth century to the current post-soviet era. Contemporary Tajik Ismailis have participated not only in the change of the broader processes of politics and culture, but in the restoration of stability in conjunction with the work of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
Some further background on the history of the Tajik Ismailis can be found in this article by the IIS entitled the "Evolution of the Shi‘a Ismaili Tradition in Central Asia".
Further Reading

Ismailiworld - Be Unite

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