Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Do minarets look like missiles?

Journalists have included an almost obligatory comment regarding this poster to the effect that it has made minarets look like missiles.



But this looks like the minarets in this photo of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul to me.



And look at the minaret in Zurich.



I think the journalist have got it right that the minarets on the poster look like missiles. But they are misattributing the problem to the design of the poster rather than to the designs of actual minarets.

I think the poster design may be making reference to the Islamization of Hagia Sophia cathedral. And that's a legitimate comment to be made.

3 comments:

The Underground Pewster said...

What ingenious camouflage!
Maybe we should inspect those minarets more closely.

Bokl said...

I really can't believe how ignorant and foolish some ppl are .. to a degree that makes me - as a muslim - want to laugh rather than getting angry. The idiots who think that minarets are built to resemble missiles .. don't know the fact that we have 1000+ yrs old mosques with minarets ?!!!! minaretes are built as such even before the invention of missiles .. Ignorance and foolishness is spreading so quickly in the west ..

Perpetua said...

Hi Boki,

Pewster was making a joke.

You are mistaken to think that I am saying that minarets were built to look like missiles. My point is that the poster art is not misleading. Rather, the minarets of some famous mosques do look like missiles.

And because the minarets of Hagia Sophia look like the ones in the poster, the poster design could be alluding to Hagia Sohia.

Boki, you may not know that the great Christian cathedral of Hagia Sophia was converted to the Sultan Ahmed Mosque after the Christian city of Constantinople was conquered by Muslim warriors. But many Christians do.

Here is how the change from Christian church to Mosque is described in Wikipedia:
"In 1453 Sultan Mehmed laid siege to Constantinople, driven in part by a desire to convert the city to Islam. The Sultan promised his troops three days of unbridled pillage if the city fell, after which he would claim its contents himself. The Hagia Sophia was not exempted from the pillage, becoming its focal point as the invaders believed it to contain the greatest treasures of the city. Shortly after the city’s defenses collapsed, pillagers made their way to the Hagia Sophia and battered down its doors. Throughout the siege the Holy Liturgy and Prayer of the Hours were performed at the Hagia Sophia, and the church formed a refuge for many of those who were unable to contribute to the city’s defense. Trapped in the church, congregants and refugees became booty to be divided amongst the invaders. The building was desecrated and looted, and occupants enslaved or slaughtered; a few of the elderly and infirm were killed, and the remainder chained. Priests continued to perform Christian rites until stopped by the invaders. When the Sultan and his cohort entered the church he insisted it should be at once transformed into a mosque. One of the Ulama then climbed the pulpit and recited the Shahada."