The First Mosque Designed by A Turkish Muslim Woman–A Magnificent Masjid

Posted on September 8, 2012

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CNN.com

There is a shiny addition among the Ottoman mosques and palaces that make up Istanbul’s stunning skyline: the metallic, mirrored dome of the new Sakirin Mosque, a Muslim place of worship built with a woman’s touch.

For what may be the first time in history, women have been at the forefront of the construction of a mosque in Turkey.

One of the project’s leaders is Zeynep Fadillioglu, an interior decorator who has designed restaurants, hotels and luxury homes from New Delhi, India, to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, and London, England. […]

“In the last 70, 80 years, we have built mosques that are copies of Ottoman architecture,” said Mustafa Cagrici, the mufti of Istanbul. “This wasn’t a good development, because the copy can never be as good as the original.”

Fadillioglu and her team of artists are hoping to change that.

The Sakirin Mosque was commissioned by a wealthy Turkish Arab family and built in one of Istanbul’s oldest cemeteries.

The designers put a number of contemporary touches on the structure, giving it plate glass walls etched with gold-leaf verses from the Quran, framed by giant cast-iron grids.[more]


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