Islam and the architecture of Hell
In Canto VIII of The Inferno, Virgil and Dante approach the city of Dis, Satan’s capital, within the walls of which lie all the lower circles of Hell.
“My son,” the Master said, “the City called DisIn his notes on the Canto, John Ciardi explains the reference to mosques:
To a European of Dante’s time a mosque would seem the perversion of a church, the impious counterpart of the House of God, just as Satan is God’s impious counterpart. His city is therefore architectually appropriate, a symbolism that becomes all the more terrible when the mosques are made of red-hot iron.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at December 27, 2010 04:13 PM | Send