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Constructing Temples and Mosques

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Constructing Temples and Mosques - Lesson Summary

In the medieval period, kings constructed places of worship for two reasons, 1. to showcase their wealth, power and devotion to god and 2. To earn the gratitude of their subjects by building for them areas of use, comfort and need. A temple complex represented the real world order about how the ruler controlled the allies and the subordinates. 

Muslims didn’t believe in idolization and strongly believe that God is the greatest architect. Mosques were symmetrical structures showcasing their ability to bring about order and symmetry from chaos.

As each new ruler wished to prove his worth, he would build bigger and grander temples and mosques. As these structures were a symbol of a king’s power and wealth, they were the first places to be attacked by an enemy. Some temples and mosques had tanks in their premises, such as the Golden Temple and the Jami Masjid.

Kings attacking places of worship used to send a message to the subjects that if the old ruler could not protect his own god, he was fit to rule them no more. 

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