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Bangladesh: Ancient Mosque, Possibly From the 7th Century Unearthed

28 August 2012 General 5 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

A very interesting story out of Bangladesh about the possible unearthing of an ancient mosque from northern Bangladesh. This is an interesting find and a story that also reveals a lot about the state of how antiquities and archeology into early Islamic history is treated by some governments.

Another aspect of this story that is intriguing is that if true this would affirm speculation of the very early presence of Muslims in this region of the world. Indeed, it is true that Muslim traders were key in the early spread of Islam, and this would likely reaffirm this point. As Prof. Jonathan Brown notes in his lecture on the Abiding Stereotypes About the Prophet Muhammad in the Medieval and Modern West(6:30), ‘you will not find a single forced conversion in the first 300 years of Islam.’

Ancient mosque unearthed in Bangladesh

(AlJazeera English)

In a remote village in northern Bangladesh, an amateur archaeologist has discovered the remains of a mosque believed to be built in the 7th century.

Villagers initially stumbled on the site where they found ancient treasures and artifacts of Islamic history, including a stone with Quranic scripture, buried underground.

Further investigation into the findings could prove the site to be the earliest mosque built in South Asia.

Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque reports from Rangpur in northern Bangladesh.

 

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  1. Ah….what happiness. If only you HONESTLY listed the number of hindu/buddhist/jain shrines destroyed by Islamists in the sub-continent over the centuries, you’d be ashamed to put Islam and peace in the same sentence.

  2. Suckshito,

    We meet again. If it is a 7th century one, it is not built at the cost of non-Muslim ones. Why? Because, Muslims did not conquer Bengal before 1203. And in the 7th century, Bengal (including today’s Bangladesh) was being ripped apart by the motherfucker BDSMs who themselves could not encroach Bengal before mid-6th century AD at the very bloody cost of the Buddhists and Jains. There temples and shrines were also built at the cost of Buddhists and Jains from Bengal to Afghanistan.

    Wait: you say you have no problem if I insult Hinduism. So, when I do that, why does it burn you so much? Is that because you served as a transvestite joker at the Kaurava courts?

  3. I’d just like to say this is totally awesome.

  4. this is fantastic because it should be able to shed some light on the early spread of the religion.what happens when the findings go against mainstream Islam belief?Over the years Islam has been very controversal ,the findings should tell us the truth;the bible says “the truth should set us free “.in genesis 16:12 it says, he shall be a wild man, he will be against everyone,and everyone will be against him.It seems like all the major religions are opening up a front against Islam.is Islam that important that so much time and energy should spent on it?.

  5. Carlton: Yes, Islam is far more important than that. This is the same monothiestic religion Jesus preached. To find the true teachings of Jesus, one has to embrace Islam. Otherwise, the soul will be darkened by the filth of trinity and eventually will end up in hell for eternity.

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