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Door to the Kipchak Mosque, Turkmenistan

By I - Posted on 03 January 2007

Door to the Kipchak Mosque, Turkmenistan

The Kipchak mosque, constructed by the French company Bouygues, was built in the recently deceased dictator of Turkmenistan, Saparmurat Niyazov's home town of Kipchak. It opened on October 22, 2004 and is purportedly the largest mosque in central Asia.

The mosque has been at the center of controversy as scriptures from both the Koran and the Ruhnama (Book of Soul), Niyazov's 'pseudo-spiritual guide to life' are incorporated into the walls. Many Muslims are also outraged at the requirement that the Ruhnama be placed as the Koran's equal, as well as the order that imams quote lavishly from the Ruhnama in their sermons.


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