For the record: Eric Sammons' nifty post, or, the spread of extant world religions, in 90 seconds: The spread of Islam. I hated time-lines in social studies, but this works for me.
A quick question: Is this good news or bad news?
And my favorite Cassandra points out that a Mosque is a place of worship, the Minaret is a symbol of triumph like an Arc of Triumph.
UPDATE: Spencer posts a question posed by Pakistani Christians: Will Saudis allow construction of cathedrals to challenge Swiss ban on minarets? (Yeah, right.)