The 25,000-square-meter structure rises smoothly from a major intersection. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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A newly built avant-garde mosque in the heart of Iran's capital would have hard-liners shouting from the minarets – if there were any.The new structure has infuriated hard-liners, who see it as part of a creeping secular onslaught on the Islamic Republic.It's adjacent to the City Theater of Tehran, an iconic building dating back to before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and the mosque includes its own library, reading halls, classrooms and amphitheater.The dome structure, which had been used in pagan and Christian architecture for centuries before the arrival of Islam, was only adopted later, as were minarets.Nima Borzouie, an 18-year-old student, acknowledged that he was initially unaware the building included a mosque, but said he approved of the idea.
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