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Object Name: Rug
Place Made: Asia: Central Asia, Afghanistan
Period: Late 20th to early 21st century
Date: 1990 - 2007
Dimensions: L 194 cm x W 133 cm
Materials: Wool
Techniques: Knotted pile; soumak; plain woven; fringed
ID Number: T2008.1.54
Credit: Gift of Max Allen

Minarets under construction in the West – from St. Louis, Missouri to Langenthal, Switzerland – have been lightning rods for criticism, generating a war of words. These inflammatory comments are from recent internet blogs: “Minarets are used to show that a territory has been conquered by Islam. What ignorant fool allowed one to be built inside the United States?” “The fact that the mosque (in St. Louis) has chosen an in-your-face, violation-of-noise-ordinances, violation-of-American-cultural-norms method of calling its members to prayer through loudspeakers is a dangerously arrogant statement to the non-Muslims of the community, which can only backfire against the more reasonable, moderate Muslims.” “Bosnia now has giant grim new concrete mega-mosques straight from the Saudi drawing boards, with mega-minarets and mega-PA systems to match.”