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Encyclopaedia of Ismailism by Mumtaz Ali Tajddin

"The Zamana Gallery, dedicated to presenting arts, architecture and culture of the developing world, particularly the Islamic world, is the first of its kind in the west. It was established by the Present Imam and falls unde the auspices of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

It is used as a separate entity, is centrally located in the heart of London at South Kensington, opposite the Victoria and Albert Museum. The gallery was opened by Lord Gowrie, the minister for the arts in presence of the Present Imam on June 25, 1985. It is partly a wonderful and magnificent building of the Ismaili Centre. The Gallery is on the ground floor of the Centre with its own separate entrance, reception and exhibition space at its first basement level. On this occasion, which also commemorated the opening of the first exhibition at the Gallery, entitled "Contemporary Houses, Traditional Values," Lord Gowrie said that "the Zamana Gallery will make a very important contribution to the British Art scene by being an exponent of the arts, and architecture and culture of the Muslim World with its special emphasis on Islamic tradition." The Imam explaining the meaning of the word zamana in his speech, said, "Zamana in a number of Islamic language means both the age or the epoch. It thus reflects the reasons for my founding this Gallery

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