8/25/11

National Museum of Iraq on Google Maps



Baghdad, Irag - Opened in 1926 the National Museum of Iraq contains precious relics from Mesopotamian civilization, its collections amongst the most important in the world. It contains important artifacts from the over 5,000 year long history of Mesopotamia in 28 galleries and vaults.

The National Museum of Iraq, reopened to the public since March 2011, can now be explored with Google Street View. A team from Google took photographs from within the museum using Street View technology and specialized equipment for detail views of the artifacts. This was the company's first ever effort to photo-document the interior collection of an arts institution.

http://maps.google.com/help/maps/streetview/gallery.html#world-landmarks

8/3/11

BBC News - Senegal's Mourides: Islam's mystical entrepreneurs

BBC News - Senegal's Mourides: Islam's mystical entrepreneurs: "Many of the street vendors commonly seen in Italy, France and Spain selling sunglasses, bags and souvenirs are members of a highly industrious, entrepreneurial branch of Sufi Islam, which has its roots in Senegal.

At the entrance to Touba, Senegal's second-largest city, is a gateway arching over the road under which a sign urges visitors to respect the orders of the local Islamic leader and to not smoke.

Touba, a four-hour drive east of the Senegalese capital Dakar, is the spiritual home of the Mouride Brotherhood, a branch of Islam which holds the sanctity of work as one of its core beliefs."

8/1/11

A medieval monument to religious pluralism, hidden in the mountains of Afghanistan

A medieval monument to religious pluralism, hidden in the mountains of Afghanistan: "One of the great wonders of the medieval world is a very tall, heavily ornamented minaret nestled in a green valley at the edge of the Jam river in what is now Afghanistan. Often called the Minaret of Jam, the monument was almost a millenium ago illuminated by a torch at its top, and surrounded by a thriving town with small industries and outlying farms."

Kuwait's new mosque is more than a nod to the Taj Mahal - The National

Kuwait's new mosque is more than a nod to the Taj Mahal - The National: "KUWAIT CITY // India has always been an important source of the foreign labour that has built Kuwait's skyscrapers, taught in its schools and run its businesses.

With the opening of a mosque this year, the subcontinent has become a source of architectural inspiration, too. The As-Sadeeqa Fatimatul Zahra Mosque, built in the style of the Taj Mahal, is already gaining a reputation as one of Kuwait's most distinctive buildings.

'It's giving a sight for the [passengers of] planes when they come in,' said Eisa Mohammed, the supervisor of the Shiite mosque in the Abdullah al Mubarak residential area, a suburb on the approach to Kuwait International Airport."