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Tashkent Mosque To Be Named After Karimov

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.

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