Sacred site/political site


In war rugs such as these there are numerous examples of missiles and aircraft in the sky above what is otherwise a peaceful representation of a cityscape dominated by the two mosques. Nothing seems quite as it should be, and sometimes the contrast between the sacred space of the mosque, and the mundane (if terrifying) space of a world overflown by cruise missiles gives examples such as these a strikingly persuasive reality.

In addition, these buildings now have flags flying – indicating a conjunction between the religious and the political.

My knowledge of the precursors to these rugs is not deep enough to assert whether the representations of mosques as sacred sites in a new form of political symbolism. That is, are there earlier representations of Mosques as sacred sites in the pictorial traditions which precede the Soviet era?  Or does the depiction of the Mosque emerge in the post-1979 era of the war rug, specifically associated with representations of the Mosque under threat and invaded by armaments?

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