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INTRODUCING TAJIKISTAN
Local Name: Тоҷикистон
Other Name(s): Republic of Tajikistan
Republic of Tajikistan, formerly know as Tajik, a Soviet Socialist Republic, is one of the most mountainous countries in the world. Inhabited by Iranian peoples for over 2,500 years (the recognized forbears of Tajikistan) this land was overrun by assorted empires for centuries. Strongly influenced by the Chinese, it was the Islamic Arabs that conquered this land and is the reason that Islam became its prominent religion.

Then, through the 16th century, Tajikistan was ruled successively by the Turks, Mongols, and Uzbeks. Over time, the wide variety of peoples transformed into a somewhat unorganized group of isolated municipalities and khanates, that eventually came under Russian rule in the mid-19th century.

Following the collapse of the former Soviet Union, Tajikistan became an independent republic in 1991, and has now emerged from the bloody civil war that plagued the country for almost six years. Tajikistan is in the early stages of a western-leaning attitude; joining NATO's Partnership for Peace and aggressively seeking a World Trade Organization membership. However, this isolated country remains poor, and must depend on economic assistance from the international community in an effort to create jobs and improve its economic stability.

Dushanbe, the capital city, was reconstructed by the Russians atop previous settlements on the same spot. The city features wide, tree-lined streets, and for the most part, one-story buildings, due in fact to the frequent earthquakes that occur in Tajikistan.