Archinect - News 2014-09-02T16:09:52-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/36653223/are-us-muslims-abandoning-domes-and-minarets-out-of-fear Are US Muslims abandoning domes and minarets out of fear? Nam Henderson 2012-02-02T11:05:00-05:00 >2012-02-05T17:11:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/29/29qz8ypmftcktrdz.jpg" width="224" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"You can have a grand dome and grand minaret, but if it doesn't really serve the purpose, if it only has a large prayer space and nothing else, then you're not really fulfilling the needs of the community," he says.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In post 9/11 America the construction of new mosques in the US has sometimes sparked controversy and even confrontation. Is that why some new Muslim houses of worship are being built without the most recognisable features of Islamic architecture - minarets and domes?</p>