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Ghazni declared Center of Islamic Civilization, H.E. President Karzai sends commemorating message

As of earlier this month, Ghazni has been named the “Center of Islamic Civilization.” This designation comes from a decision made by participants at the 6th Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) conference of cultural ministers if Islamic countries held in 2007 in Libya.

Ghazni has a long and storied history and is mentioned in early Islamic writings. It has been known throughout history as a city of culture and learning. From this seat of human greatness flowed poetry, science, and many other forms of knowledge that influenced the greater world. Of the 44 designated historical monuments in this city, of note are the tomb of Sultan Mahmoud Ghaznavi and the Citadel.

A festival and dedication ceremony were held on April 13th to mark the official designation that was bestowed upon the city.

H.E. President Hamid Karzai released a message to commemorate this auspicious event. Noting Ghazni’s great significance in the Islamic world and beyond, H.E. stated that he is proud that through this designation this “asset would continue to [be] introduced to coming generations.” The president also thanked the ministry for information and culture, Ghazni’s local administration, ISECO and all those played a role in this historic event.