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Towards Mosques Without Minarets: a New Design Trend in Muslim America
This is a discussion about Towards Mosques Without Minarets: a New Design Trend in Muslim America. See Jane O'Brien's article on BBC news.

In a recent BBC article, Jane O'Brien looks at mosque projects that do not feature traditional Islamic architectural vocabulary such as domes and minarets. There is a feeling that many Muslims in America, mostly second and third generation Americans do not relate to the visual identity embodied by domes and minarets.

What is your point of view?

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Towards Mosques Without Minarets: a New Design Trend in Muslim America
The Basic definition of a Mosque is a place to pray "The planet is a mosque".

At the time of the Rasul (SAW), there was no minaret at his masjid/mosque,although this notion came many year after, its been used as a from of Identity for a mosque, a layman would recognized a mosque by its minaret/s. Like wise the use of domes and arches etc. this is very useful for a building that is within a cosmopolitan region, where there are many religious institution with a define boundary.

Historic example would be the Hagia Sophia, Mainly Minarets were added the change the identity from the Byzantine Church to a Mosque.

However if such building were to exist in a predominated Islamic society then I agree, the use of minarets, domes arches etc. would not be necessary to identify such institution.
Hisham Mohammed
Towards Mosques Without Minarets: a New Design Trend in Muslim America
This is debate that has come up time and again on Archnet and there are plenty of interesting threads that take up this discussion in this forum.

In the Digital Libary, one can find an essay entitled: Islamic Architecture: A Debate in Seven Parts.

This essay, which is a compilation of articles from various Aga Khan Award for Architecture seminars and publications aims to clarify the arguments for signs and symbolism in Islamic architecture.

Shiraz Allibhai
Towards Mosques Without Minarets: a New Design Trend in Muslim America
Hey...even i am trying to do on this..can u give me any info u have..Thankyou
Fathma Sheikh
Towards Mosques Without Minarets: a New Design Trend in Muslim America
As far as I am aware, the minaret was (and is) used by the imam (a) to be the first to see the sun rise in the morning, (b) the first to see the sun go down in the evening, and (c) to call the faithful to prayer.

But, in these modern times, I have never seen anyone on the balcony of a minaret and the call to prayer is done by means of a loud speaker at the top of the minaret. Therefore the original purpose of the minaret (to enable someone to climb to the top) has gone.
Frank John Snelling
Towards Mosques Without Minarets: a New Design Trend in Muslim America
Minarets are very important part of mosques. As it identify them and provide easiness for people to lactate mosque in their area.
Steven Rose
Towards Mosques Without Minarets: a New Design Trend in Muslim America
Steven, True, I was forgetting that the minaret within the city acts as a beacon for the faithful to navigate by.
Frank John Snelling
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