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IOS Minaret Vol-1, No.1 (March 2007)
Vol. 14    Issue 02   01 - 31 July 2019

Turkey’s Largest Mosque Opened for Worshippers

Eurocentrism, which connotes a deeply entrenched belief in the supremacy of Western civilization, is a pervasive feature of much of Western intellectual tradition and cultural consciousness. It is conspicuously reflected in the Western view of civilization and modernity, in the historiography of science and technology, medicine and art and in the history of ideas.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated the country’s largest mosque – known as Camlica Jamii – in Istanbul on 4 May 2019. The mosque, perched atop thegreen Camlica hill in Uskudar and spread over an area of 3 hectares, can be seen from every corner of the city. It can accommodate up to 63,000 worshippers. The mosque complex has a library, a museum of Turkish art and a conference hall. The mosque, which took six years to complete, was constructed at the cost of $66.5 million. The mosque is flanked by six minarets and a dome that measures 72 metres. A 17,000-metre carpet covers the flooring of the mosque. The mosque, designed in the Ottoman-Seljuk style, is adorned with beautiful chandeliers and elegant calligraphy by Turkey’s master calligrapher, Hasan Celebi. There will be a separate place for women to perform ablutions and an elevator to take them to where they can pray. Women will also be able to use a convenient childcare room. Interestingly, the mosque has been designed by two female architects, Bahar Mizrak and Hayriye Gul Totu.

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