Tajik government pays salaries to Imams for first time
17 March 2014 Last updated at 12:53 GMT
In an unprecedented move, the secular government of Tajikistan - a central Asian country with a majority Muslim population - has started paying salaries and pensions to Imams in its major mosques.
Some observers see it as an attempt by Tajik authorities to stem the growth of Islamic extremism in the country.
Roja Assadi reports.
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