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From a distance, there's little to suggest that the building at the entrance of the Druze heartland village of Mukhtara in Lebanon's Chouf Mountains is a mosque. After all, despite practicing a faith that is an offshoot of Shiism, the Druze do not worship at mosques, and the building strays far from the traditional rendering of a Muslim prayer house.Its unusual design is the result of Jumblatt's decision to give architect Makram al-Kadi free reign to reinterpret what a mosque could look like. Instead of the traditional domed roof alongside a minaret tower, a cage-like structure of white steel beams has been constructed to sit over an existing traditional Lebanese stone building like a "veil," Kadi said.At one back corner of the roof, the white blades of the structure bend up toward the sky in a tower that implies a minaret.For Kadi, the project is the product of years of reimagining the architecture of the mosque.Despite the lack of religious constraints the design of mosques has remained largely static.
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