From the Achaemenids to Somoni: national identity and iconicity in the landscape of Dushanbe’s capitol complex

  title={From the Achaemenids to Somoni: national identity and iconicity in the landscape of Dushanbe’s capitol complex},
  author={Katherine Hughes},
  journal={Central Asian Survey},
  pages={511 - 533}
ABSTRACT This article focuses on the iconicity of contemporary Dushanbe’s capitol complex, with its state-sponsored architecture and memorial culture, part of the government of Tajikistan’s national identity construction. Dushanbe’s architecture post-independence is actant, a mnemonic and iconographical bridge between the present and favoured historical periods in a quest for national origins. A bricolage of historical symbols, including those of Achaemenid Iran and the early Islamic Samanids… 
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