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The Ismaili Centres are symbolic markers of the permanent presence of the Nizari Ismailis in the countries and regions in which they are established. Each building is architecturally unique, and incorporates spaces for social and cultural gatherings, intellectual engagement and reflection, as well as spiritual contemplation. They facilitate mutual exchange and seek to foster understanding between diverse peoples, communities and faiths.[not in citation given] Collectively and individually, the Centres represent the Nizari Ismaili community’s intellectual and spiritual understanding of Islam, as well as the community’s social conscience, outlook and attitude towards the societies in which it lives.
Nizari Ismaili Centres around the world
Since the foundation of the Ismaili Centre, London — the first such Centre in the Western world — was laid in 1979, another four Centres opened in Burnaby (Vancouver), Lisbon, Dubai, and Dushanbe. Following the establishment of the latest Centre in Toronto, additional Ismaili Centres are expected in Houston, Paris and Los Angeles.