Monar-e-Sareban (shown above), or Camel-drivers' minaret served, presumably, to denote space reserved for this particular trade - it is so close to Monar-e-Chehel Dokhtaran, "The Minaret of Forty Virgins" that it can hardly have served solely as a beacon or as a place for calling the rest of the faithful to prayer. Other examples of the minaret as boundary marker, similar to the Greek concept of stavros, or "cross" are found in the surrounding countryside. Here, where the land is predominantly flat, it was not possible to erect beacons such as the one on top of the atashgah, and so towers were set upon the plain which were subsequently replaced by Islamic constructions, such as the Minaret at Ziar.
At a symbolic level, therefore, the minaret occupies two planes, the vertical or spiritual and the horizontal or material. In the former it represents the first letter of the name of God, the Alef, and serves as a symbol of the flow that exists between the Mankind and his Creator. At the horizontal, material, level it serves as a delimiter of space, a "milestone" or boundary pole which defines man's position within creation.
Last Updated December 03, 1998