Celebrating Imamat

The Jubilee Arts Task Force has organized a Photo Exhibition on Eid Day, at Upanga Jamat Khana after Eid Prayers.

The Exhibit will showcase some of the glorious moments of the Takht Nashini of Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Husseini Hazar Imam in Dar es Salaam in 1957 and the Jubilee celebrations of Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah over the 72 years of his Imamat.

Featured photographs are from the private collections of the Tanzanian Jamat. They were collected by the Golden Jubilee Archiving Project. The aim of the project was to document the lifestyle, culture and history of Ismailis in Tanzania over the last 150 years. Individuals and families made over 5,000 contributions of photographs and memorabilia to the Archiving Project .

 To facilitate the Jamat’s contribution, the project team travelled across Tanzania to Jamats in Arusha, Dodoma, Iringa , Mbeya, Morogoro, Moshi, Mwanza and Zanzibar during the Golden Jubilee year.

Content received from the Jamat was scanned, recorded and returned and included photographs, newspaper cuttings, magazines and memorabilia including medals, artwork and textiles.

The Archiving Project brought together volunteers from across three generations, each generation contributing their own unique insight and life experience to the archiving initiative.  A team of youth played a key role in content collection and selection process, while seniors played a fundamental role in mobilizing Jamats at the centres visited.  Collectively, the archiving team travelled over 6,100 kilometers covering 13 centres and clocked 360 hours of scanning content.

The Golden Jubilee Archiving Project was an initiative of H. H. the Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili National Council for Tanzania.

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