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Tashkent Mosque To Be Named After Karimov

  • RFE/RL

One of the oldest mosques in Uzbekistan’s capital will be named after late President Islam Karimov, who the Uzbek government said died on September 2 after suffering a stroke.

Karimov's daughter, Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva, wrote on Facebook on September 13 that she and her husband have been working on renovating the mosque in Tashkent that suffered a fire in 2015.

"Due to the proposal by the Council of Religious Scholars and the society, it has been decided to name the mosque as the Mosque of Islam-Ata (the Mosque of Father Islam) in the memory of Uzbekistan's first president, my father, Islam Karimov," Karimova-Tillyaeva wrote.

Karimov, 78, had ruled for 27 years at the center of a tight inner circle and ruthlessly applied the country's security and intelligence forces to keep a tight lid on dissent and independent Islamic scholars.