This paper shortly evokes the activity of the two only Muslim aid organisations, both Shiite, that have operated in the Qarategin—a predominantly Hanafi Sunni peopled region of central Tajikistan—since the civil war: the Village Organisation (an emenation of the Aga Khan Development Network) and the Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation (the Iranian government’s main conduit for international humanitarian aid).  The author stresses their respective specificities: community mobilisation and training approach for the former, short-term charity work as to the latter.  There are actually no indicators that either one of these organisations is involved in Shiite missionary activity: both have different beneficiary niches, and appeal to a non-sectarian Muslim philanthropic discourse.

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CER: I-5.2.B-425