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Mosul, before and after the minaret’s destruction (MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)
Published on: July 12, 2017
Iraq
Mosul Mourns Its Minaret, Sort Of

Al-Hadba‘a, the Hunchback Minaret adjoining the al-Nuri Mosque, gave Mosul its famous sobriquet. Destroyed by the Islamic State, the iconic monument is now being remembered for what it never was.

Rasha al-Aqeedi is a fellow at Al Mesbar Studies and Research Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with a primary focus on Iraq, the Gulf, and Islamism. She is a native of Mosul, Iraq.
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