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Two men pray at the bahaa eddin al-hariri mosque in saida, lebanon. the construction of this mosque was financed by former lebanese prime minister rafiq hariri, whose family is from saida.
"the key factor behind (hariri's) conquest of the public scene was his unrivaled financial power...hariri systematically used his incomparable and unchecked financial striking force to forge himself a higher social status, political relevance and political legitimacy.
while still an emerging figure, rafic hariri used the urban environment of saida--in particular some of its prime locations--to acquire visibility in his home town. by imposing himself on the local actors and institutions, he managed to alter the physical layout of the city on strategic locations.
the symbolic takeover of saida by hariri was further completed after his death with the inauguration of a grand, mamluk-inspired mosque which rafic hariri had commissioned at the northern entry of saida in honor of his father, bahaa eddin abd ar-rahman al-hariri (d. 1999). the bahaa eddin al-hariri mosque was inaugurated in spring 2006."
--from architecture, power and religion in lebanon: rafiq hariri and the politics of sacred space in beirut by ward vloeberghs