Sunday, March 18, 2007

Homs, Syria

Bob wrote on his Blog Nine Months in Syria under a photo of a mosque window-screen full with Solomon’s seals:
In the Muslim World, the six-pointed star is a Muslim symbol. From Yemen to Egypt to Syria, it was incorporated in Islamic architecture from the first centuries of Islam. David is considered a Muslim prophet (along with Moses and Jesus); the six-pointed star in Islam is also called the Star of David. Last weekend, a Syrian friend invited me to his family home in Homs, Syria's third largest city. We visited one of the city's oldest mosques, located in the labyrinthine souq. Under an archway and down a few well-polished stone steps from the market bustle, black, metal doors opened into the serenity of the mosque. The doors were decorated with a familiar symbol: a repeating Star of the Prophet David.

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