“Measuring religious importance seems to land us in the realm of the irrational; measuring architectural or historical importance is different, but ultimately leads us down all the wrong paths,” Philip Kennicott wrote in today’s Washington Post.
Al-Askariya Shrine in Samarra
Kennicott complains that the broadcast reports of the destroyed Askariya shrine in Iraq focused on the riots, rather than the architecture, which was an example of the “magnificence” of Islamic design reserved for the burial places of Imams. The destruction of such a holy site, he asserts, would obviously cause anger. Yet because “The Blur” of anger is so often broadcast, Americans simply see the struggle as separate from themselves, like the overlooked building.
– Riva Froymovich