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Green is the Color of Islam

26 November, 2009

The Umayyad Mosque in Damascas is dedicated to lowering its carbon footprint, favoring mismatched energy saving light bulbs to a more traditional look fitting for a 1,300 year old Mosque.

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And yet another intrusion of the modern in this ancient holy site is this LED screen near the entrance. What is so urgently being communicated?  Breaking news? Prayer times? Falling stock prices?

LED screenDespite energy saving light bulbs and LED screens, most tradition aesthetics remains in tact: women must don highly alluring druid-like hijabs (though it won’t stop them from texting)

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One Comment leave one →
  1. John gerbner permalink
    2 December, 2009 12:23 am

    Wow, I love your blog. And there is new stuff from yesterday even.
    I will send this one to both our lighting and historic preservation specialists. I think they will get a kick out of the historic fixture sith the flourescent PL lamps (yes, that is what they are called), although we have not gotten into doing many mosques.

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