Found an interesting architectural article about the renovation concept for qods mosque in Teheran suggested by Arash G. Tehrani. I really like the proposal, combining ancient islamic patterns into a modern, great looking place of prayer. Especially the form of the minaret caught my attention and when I read about the thoughts behind its design, it got even more impressive.
Now, there are various personal hang-ups with this post. Why?
Because first of all, I don’t ever praise anything having to do with religion in the first place. As some of you might already know, my credo is: religion poisons everything.
Second, in this day and age, expressing anything to do with Islam has a pinch to it and is much likely to be taken as a political statement rather than whatever might have been the intention in the first place.
And third: why am I even thinking along those lines, hesitant to press the “publish” button? Is it, because I am scared to automatically fall into scan-patterns put up by surveillance systems, because I use the words “mosque” and “islamic” on a public platform? This is an awful thought to have about the system I live in. But I fear, a valid one. Or is it because I don’t want to have anything on my cyber-record to do with Islam and a culture, whose extreme manifestations horrify me? This is an awful thought to have about people and a culture elsewhere. But again, I fear, a valid one.
So what to do? Would be easy just to leave it at this and find another topic for today.
But then again: I saw the pictures of this mosque, or rather the design drafts of it, and I liked them. This blog is about sharing, what I find interesting, beautiful or noteworthy. I would not hesitate to post similar pics, if they were a draft to renovate a, say, catholic chapel, if I liked it. So I press the “publish” button.