The Pakhta Furushi madrasa is located behind one of the largest community mosques in the old city of Kabul, which dates from the turn of the century, and takes its name from the adjacent cotton bazaar. Comprising a range of spaces ranged around a large courtyard, the 52 brick domes -- an unusual building technique in Kabul -- of the madrasa had nearly all collapsed when the complex was surveyed in 2003. An agreement was signed in 2005 with the Ministry of Haj & Awqaf for its restoration, with the intention that it should serve as an Early Childhood Centre for the population of the surrounding neighbourhood.
At the crossroads of the ancient world between the Steppe of Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent, Afghanistan has been at the centre of a network of cultural exchange and influence propagated by successive civilizations and empires for over four thousand years.
As Afghanistan recovers from decades of destruction, this book celebrates many of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s projects to restore monuments and other sites to their former glory. For decades, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture has been working to revitalize the social, cultural, and economic strength of communities in the Muslim world through its Historic Cities Programme. This book documents more than 100 such efforts that have been carried out in Afghanistan since 2002. Each project is illustrated with specially commissioned photographs and detailed descriptions. A powerful testament to the Trust's commitment to Islamic culture, this book documents the organisation’s ongoing work to celebrate, restore, and maintain Afghanistan’s cultural presence in the modern world.
This section focuses on work and activities in Kabul including: Amir Abdur Rahman Mausoleum and Mosque, Milma Pal Mosque, Burj-e Wazir Mausoleum, Sedukhan Mosque, and many other structures.