A Place of Worship

Dreaming in Arabic

Now, in the middle of Ramadan, the summer heat, haze, and dust effectively erase the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque from the horizon, where, on a clear day, I can see its four 350 foot minarets piercing the sky from my bedroom window, and although it is only a tiny speck on the horizon, I revel in the thought that I have a view of what is perhaps Abu Dhabi’s most famous landmark. Designed by Syrian architect Yousef Abdelky, and built on a slight elevation so that it is prominent and visible from afar, it plays a central role in the religious life of the city, especially during the fasting month of Ramadan. Thousands of Muslims flock here to break their fast at the end of each day, or to participate in the night prayers of taraweeh or tahajjud, unique to Ramadan, and considered to be a special blessing.


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24 arrestingly beautiful portraits from the turn of the 20th century

First Night Design

These remarkably contemporary-looking portraits, taken more than a century ago, are the work of F. Holland Day, the son of a wealthy Boston merchant. Day cofounded the publishing firm of Copeland and Day in 1893, and was a significant patron of artists and collector of…

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