Friday, 8 July 2011



To set the mood for The Life of Muhammad (BBC2, 11th July, 9pm), here’s a recent view of the Prophet’s home town. The Grand Mosque, a building of some restraint and beauty, is now overshadowed by 2,000 feet of phallic symbol that’s topped by the word ‘Allah’ in gaudy green neon. It’s the Abraj al-Bait or Towers of the House, the ‘house’ being the Kaaba in the middle of the Grand Mosque. Mohammed would love it.

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