Minaret that can't rise above politicsNothing much new in the article, but it does summarize some of the recent history of the site and the Jordanian Government's relation to it.
By Stephen Farrell
Plans for a 130ft tower on the holiest site of two religions will have to overcome some big problems
THE first minaret of its kind for 600 years exists only as a computer-generated model.
But soon it may rise 42 metres (130ft) above the ancient walls of Jerusalem, calling the faithful to prayer at the al-Aqsa mosque on perhaps the most disputed site in the world.
King Abdullah II of Jordan this week announced a competition to design a fifth minaret for the walls of the Haram al-Sharif-Temple Mount complex, in the Old City, imprinting his Hashemite dynasty on the third-holiest site in Islam.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
TEMPLE MOUNT WATCH: The proposed new minaret receives coverage in the London Times: