Islam: A Mosque for Tomorrow

In medieval Europe, the soaring Gothic cathedral was a symbol of man's desire to build for the greater glory of God, with the best that art and nature could provide. The impulse has not died. Recently more than 10,000 people gathered in Kuala Lumpur to worship and admire at the formal opening of Malaysia's new $3,300,000 Masjid Negara, or National Mosque. Five years in the making, the mosque (see color pages) was designed as a monument to the independence of the predominantly Moslem (58%) country.

As artful blend of Islamic tradition and modern design, the Masjid Negara suggests more the tomorrowland...

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