Yesterday we went out to the Ismaili Center in Dushanbe. The Ismaili center, while welcoming of denominations of many faiths, center primarily on Ismaili Shi’ism.
I don’t have my notes, and my internet is too shoddy to do the proper research, so I won’t explain here what makes Ismaili Shi’ism different from other sects of Shi’ism, although I will note that they are a religious minority in Tajikistan, despite a strong presence in the Pamir regions of the country.
While it turned out that I probably could have taken a bit more time while leaving my house, we drove out to the center around 9:45.
The Center itself proved to be rather interesting, despite the fact that our tour guide spoke (whispered, really) a mixture of Tajik and Russian, making her more than a bit hard to follow. While we weren’t allowed to take pictures in much of the center (such as their beautiful worship space), I managed to get a few pictures that might give you an idea of the Center.
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