Whether or not the “ground zero” mosque ever gets built, the political debate is over.
The future there seems to be a race between the mullahs and the iPad, between sermons in the mosque and tweets on a smartphone.
David A. Graham maps out the mosque, the soccer field—and the Bedouin tent that Gaddafi sleeps in.
1717, earlier moseak (c.1400), also mosquee (16c.), probably in part from Middle French mosquée, from Italian moschea, earlier moscheta, from Spanish mesquita (modern mezquita), from Arabic masjid "temple, place of worship," from sajada "he worshipped" + prefix ma- denoting "place." Mangled in Middle English as muskey, moseache, etc.
A Muslim house of worship with at least one minaret, a tall, slender tower with balconies, used for calling the faithful to prayer.