January 11, 1949 : Cornerstone laid at Washington’s Islamic Center

Introduction

On Connecticut Avenue in Washington, D.C., the cornerstone is laid at the first mosque of note in the United States. Intended to serve as a national mosque for all American Muslims, the Islamic Center was built in a traditional Arabic architectural style, complete with a 160-foot minaret from which prayers were to be announced. A colonnade cloister joined the mosque to two wings containing a library, classrooms, a museum, and administrative offices. In the basement of the mosque was an auditorium built to accommodate several hundred people. The Islamic Center’s first director was Dr. Mahmoud Hoballah.

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January 11, 1949 : Cornerstone laid at Washington’s Islamic Center

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2010

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    January 11, 1949 : Cornerstone laid at Washington’s Islamic Center

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/cornerstone-laid-at-washingtons-islamic-center

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    November 21, 2017

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