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Religious flavour

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Meanwhile, the latest issue of Architectural Design devotes itself to 'Islam and Architecture', and is edited by none other than Sabiha Foster, who still uses the surname she acquired by marrying ex-husband Norman. The magazine makes the absurd claim that 'it is only today that discussions of Islam and architecture are starting to acknowledge the true diversity and complexity of Islamic societies', presumably intended to imply that it is this particular publication which is the first to get things right.

Still, it is a very interesting issue, and one which gives plenty of food for thought, given current political and military circumstances.

Obviously there is a big difference between 'Islamic architecture' and 'architecture in Islamic countries', and that debate needs to be extended. I couldn't help thinking about John le Carre's line that 'a terrorist is someone with a bomb who doesn't have an aeroplane'.

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