Agate Passage Friends meeting

Bainbridge Island & Kitsap County,
Washington

Cultural and Religious Pluralism in Uzbekistan and the United States Project

Delegation of 10 from Uzbekistan

Biodata:

Name: Mr. Abduhalil Dusmorodov

Title: Imam-hatib of Hazrati Imom Mosque

DOB: February 6, 1950

Additional Information: Non-smoker, no pork, married with four sons and four daughters. Enjoys philosophy, history, and literature.

English Level: Reading – Good, Speaking – Fair, Listening – Fair, Writing - Poor 

Background: Abduhalil Dusmorodov is Imam-hatib at the Hazrati Imom Mosque in Shahrisabz, Uzbekistan, where he has worked since September 1978.  He was born in the Yakkabog’ district of the Kashkadarya region of Uzbekistan in 1950, and he received his diploma from the Mir-I Arab Madrasa in Bukhara in August 1978.  Dusmorodov believes that pluralism is important in all aspects of life and looks forward to working with partners in the United States to promote religious tolerance.

Name: Mr. Shodi Hakberdiev

Title: Chief Imam-hatib of Cho’bin Mosque, Urgut District

DOB: November 19, 1957

Additional Information: Non-smoker, no pork, no alcohol. Married with two sons. Enjoys watching TV and reading books.

English Level: Fair

Background: Shodi Hakberdiev is the Chief Imam-hatib at the Cho’bin Mosque in Urgut, Uzbekistan, a position he has held since 1982.  He was born in the Urgut district of Samarkand in 1957 and received his first diploma as Imam-hatib from Mir-I Arab Madrasa in Bukhara, Uzbekistan, in 1979.  He also received a diploma as Imam-hatib, teacher and translator in 1983 from the Tashkent Islamic Institute, and another diploma in Economics from Samarkand State University in 2004.  Hakberdiev hopes to enhance Uzbekistan’s approach to achieving religious tolerance and pluralism by comparing it to the experience of religious diversification and tolerance in the United States.

Name: Mr. Parsohon Hasanov

Title: Imam-hatib of Faqeh Abu Lays Mosque

DOB: October 25, 1973

Additional Information: Non-smoker, no pork, no alcohol. Married with two daughters.

English Level: Fair

Background: Parsohon Hasanov is currently Imam-hatib of Faqeh Abu Lays Mosque in Samarkand, where he has worked since July 1999.  Prior to that, he was a researcher at the Mahdumi A’zam Dahbediy Scientific Research Foundation and the Samarkand Branch of the Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences.  He was born in Samarkand in 1973 and received a diploma as an Imam-hatib/teacher from Imam al-Buhoriy Center of Hadith Studies in 1996.  Hasanov looks forward to expanding his knowledge of culture in the United States and to using the experience he gains here to promote religious diversity and peace in Uzbekistan.

Name: Mr. Mustafa Ismoilov

Title: Imam-hatib, Uzbekistan Muslim’s Confederation

DOB: April 14, 1963

Additional Information: Non-smoker, no pork, no alcohol. Married with three sons. He enjoys reading and is interested in technology.

English Level: Low

Background: Mustafa Ismoilov works as Imam-hatib at the Uzbekistan Muslim’s Confederation Mosque in Shahrisabz, Uzbekistan.  He was born in Shahrisabz in 1963 and received the certificate of Imam-hatib from the educational house of Imam-hatib in 1993.  Ismoilov looks forward to exchanging cultural practices and ideas and to expanding his worldview while he is in the United States.

Name: Mr. Makhmud Kamarov

Title: Head Imam-hatib of Xoja Buxoriy Mosque; and Heat Imam-hatib of the District Muslims Board of the Kashkadarya Region

DOB: February 25, 1972

Additional Information: Non-smoker, no pork, no venison, no alcohol. Married with five daughters. He enjoys traveling and visiting historical shrines.

English Level: Reading and Writing – Fair, Listening and Speaking - Poor

Background: Makhmud Kamarov has been head Imam-hatib of the District Muslims Board in Kitob, Uzbekistan, since January 1998.  He is also Imam-hatib of the Xoja Buxoriy in Kitob.  He was born there in 1972 and completed study of Islamic Law at the Islamic college “Xoja Buxoriy” in 1993.  In addition, he also studied Islamic law at the Islamic Institute “Imom Al-Buxoriy” and at the Al Azhar University in Egypt.  Kamarov would like to make contacts with American Muslims while he is in the United States and work together to inform people about Islam.

Name: Ms. Nargiza Kupaysinova

Title: Deputy Director, Ulugbek School #95

DOB: September 23, 1972

Additional Information: Non-smoker, no pork, no alcohol. Married with two sons and one daughter. She enjoys reading literature and history books.

English Level: Reading and Writing – Fair, Listening and Speaking - Poor

Background: Nargiza Kupaysinova has been the deputy director of Ulugbek School #95 in Shahrisabz, Uzbekistan since 1997.  Prior to that, she taught at the H. Dehlaviy School #91, also in Shahrisabz.  She was born in 1972 and received a diploma in history from Tashkent State University in 1994.  While in the United States, Kupaysinova hopes to learn more about modern methods of teaching, particularly in religious schools, and to establish cultural connections with American and Uzbek families.

Name: Mr. Fazliddin Mukhtarov

Title: Imam-hatib, Uzbekistan Muslim’s Confederation

DOB: December 20, 1974

Additional Information: Non-smoker, no pork, no alcohol. Married with three daughters. He enjoys reading and is interested in national customs.

English Level: Reading and Writing – Fair, Listening and Speaking - Poor

Background: Fazliddin Mukhtarov is Imam-hatib at the “Ok” mosque, part of the Uzbekistan Muslim’s Confederation in Shahrisabz, where he has worked since 1995.  He was born in Shahrisabz in 1974 and received his diploma in Islamic studies and Imam-hatib from the “Xoja Buhoriy” Islamic secondary specialized school (madrasa) in 2001.  Mukhtarov would like to examine the relationship between Islam and the US government, as well as with other religions, in an effort to improve spirituality in his home community.

Name: Mr. Nodir Qobilov

Title: Mudarris (teacher), Imam al-Buhoriy Center of Hadith Studies

DOB: August 16, 1972

Additional Information: Non-smoker, no pork, no seafood (except fish), no alcohol. Married with two daughters and one son. He enjoys scientific and cultural events.

English Level: Reading – Fair, Writing, Listening, and Speaking - Poor

Background: Nodir Qobilov has been a mudarris (teacher) at the Imam al-Buhoriy Center of Hadith Studies in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, since 1993.  He also received his diploma at the Center as Imam-hatib and mudarris in 1998.  Qobilov was born in Samarkand in 1972.  He hopes to use the knowledge and experience he gains in the United States to promote peace and tolerance in Uzbekistan and to help improve relations between the two countries.

Name: Mr. Umid Rustamov

Title: Chief Imam-hatib of Siyob District, Regional Chief Imam-hatib’s Office; and Imam-hatib of the Ho’ja Abdu Darun Mosque

DOB: August 23, 1974

Additional Information: Non-smoker, no pork, no alcohol. Married with four sons. He enjoys sewing.

English Level: Reading and Writing – Fair, Listening, and Speaking - Poor

Background: Umid Rustamov has been Chief Imam-hatib of the Siyob District in Samarkand since 2000.  He was born in Samarkand in 1974 and educated at the Tashkent Imam al-Buhoriy Islam Institute, receiving his diploma in 1999.  Rustamov aims to use the knowledge he gains in the United States to help Muslims in Uzbekistan strengthen their faith and their ethics, which he believes will help create a democratic society.

Name: Mr. Sayfilla Umarov

Title: Teacher, Imom al-Buhoriy Madrassa

DOB: April 15, 1963

Additional Information: Non-smoker, no pork, no alcohol. Married.

English Level: Reading and Writing – Fair, Listening, and Speaking - Poor

Background: Sayfilla Umarov has been a teacher at the Imom al Buhoriy Madrassa in Samarkand since August 2000. Prior to that, he taught at the Ho’ja Ahror Madrassa, also in Samarkand . He was born in the Narpay District of Samarkand in 1963 and educated at the Mir-i Arab Madrassa in Bukhara , receiving his diploma in 1994.  Umarov aims to exchange ideas and thoughts with counterparts in the U.S. in order to contribute to promoting diversity and religious pluralism, and strengthening international relations.