The global revival of Islam is more than just jihadi terrorists. The other facet is untold oil wealth, which translates into power. Yes, the jidhadists despise the authoritarian sheiks, but the scale of the latter’s riches is staggering. Read this about the emirate of Dubai. Then go here for a slide show of its grandiose, opulent, and rather creepy architecture, including plans for the world’s tallest building, all designed by the world’s most cutting-edge postmodernist architects and built on the backs of indentured servants from Asia.
You can tell a lot about a person or a culture by the art they use to express themselves. What can you deduce about today’s Islamic civilization from their architecture? Here is a sample of what a planned development will look like: