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Bangladesh: Mosque architect breaks glass ceiling

The award winning Baitur Rauf Jame mosque

By: Eastern Eye Staff

AS one of the only female architects in a country where women rarely even enter mosques, Marina Tabassum was an unconventional choice to design Bangladesh’s new Baitur Rouf Mosque, which has just won a prestigious international prize. But there is little of the conventional about the 45-year-old Tabassum or her design, which eschews traditional minarets and domes in favour of a single-storey terracotta brick structure that is suffused with light and remains cool even in the scorching summer months. Like most women in deeply conservative Bangladesh, Tabassum had barely set foot in a mosque when she was commissioned to design…

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