Kulob Oblastwas an administrative subdivision in Tajikistan until 1992."Infobox Settlement
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image_caption = Kulob Welcoming Gate
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Kulob (TaPA:unicode|Кӯлоб/کولاب, for "swampy place, rushes"), also Kulab or Kulyab ( _ru. Куляб), is a city in
Kulob district, Khatlon Province, Tajikistan. Located 203 km south-east of the capital Dushanbeon the Yakhsu River(a right tributary of Panj), it is one of the largest cities in the country (pop. 82,000 in 2003).
Kulob is the birthplace of the current President of Tajikistan
Emomali Rahmonov, Canadian media entrepreneur Moses Znaimer, and popular Tajiksinger Manija Dawlatova.
Part of the
Khanate of Bukharasince the 16th century (the Emirate of Bukharasince the 18th century), the city changed its name from Khatlon to Kulob in 1750. [ [http://whp057.narod.ru/kulyab.htm Name change from Khatlon to Kulob, 1750.] ] In 1921, after the fall of the Bukhara Emirate, Sovietrule was established in Kulob and the city became an industrial center during the Soviet era. In September 2006 Kulob celebrated its 2700th anniversary. [ [http://www.undp.tj/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=138&Itemid=75 "Kulyab 2700 years" celebrations.] ] [ [http://www.jamestown.org/edm/article.php?article_id=2371452 Kulyab's 2700th anniversary.] ]
:Habib Borjian, "Kulab," in Encyclopaedia Iranica (available at http://www.iranica.com).
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