Mosque

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An author and artist who has continually stripped away the
mystique of architectural structures that have long fascinated
modern people, David Macaulay here reveals the methods and
materials used to design and construct a mosque in late-sixteenth-
century Turkey. ...
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Overview

An author and artist who has continually stripped away the
mystique of architectural structures that have long fascinated
modern people, David Macaulay here reveals the methods and
materials used to design and construct a mosque in late-sixteenth-
century Turkey. Through the fictional story and Macaulay's distinctive full-color illustrations, readers will learn not only how such monumental structures were built but also how they functioned in relation to the society they served.

As always, Macaulay has given a great deal of attention to the
relationship between pictures and text, creating another brilliant
celebration of an architectural wonder.
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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review
''Mosque'' is a superbly illustrated and technically engrossing explanation of how a great Turkish mosque complex would be built in about 1600. It's like an erector set packed into a book....Macaulay remains respectful of Islam without fawning. — Nicholas D. Kristof
Publishers Weekly
With the level of precision and care that his fans have come to expect, Macaulay (Castle; Cathedral) broadens his bookshelf of architectural wonders with this timely new addition, adding color to his palette as well as insight into the Middle East. He whisks readers to the Ottoman empire of the 16th century, where a fictitious admiral prepares to underwrite a new mosque ("The time had come to demonstrate both his faith and his gratitude in the way that had become traditional for a man of his standing"). Macaulay meticulously illuminates the spiritual and architectural considerations in the process of design and construction; he explains the importance of the mosque's alignment upon the kibla ("an imaginary line that points toward and radiates from Mecca"), then examines its structural complexities, such as a "system of piers and arches" to support the building's domed roof. In the process, the mosque's many societal functions emerge; it is actually a complex of buildings consisting of a college for religious education, a kitchen, a public bath, fountain and so on. The monument grows stone by stone through color-washed pen-and-ink illustrations. Full-spread vistas alternate with smaller inset sketches that offer a step-by-step look at brick-making, the crafting of stained glass windows, etc.; readers can practically hear the busy hum of the worksite. Macaulay's wide-ranging perspectives pull onlookers into the thick of the construction, capturing everything from a minaret's-eye view of the activity below to an image of the soaring dome seen from the ground. As always, the level of visual detail is extraordinary; no less so is the explanation of the mosque's role at the center of Muslim social and religious life. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
Macaulay adds to his series of books describing buildings through visual dissections of structures with this examination of Middle Eastern mosques. Macaulay's talent enables a hefty amount of information to be presented in a minimal number of pages and illustrations. Through a wonderful blend of architectural detail, historical information, and a fictionalized story, the labor put into designing, constructing, and completing a mosque is brought to life. An informative text and appealing simple but artistic drawings bridge the gap between juvenile picture book and young adult nonfiction, making this book quite suitable for report topics. Although Islam is emphasized, featuring the five pillars of faith, prayer, charity, fasting, and pilgrimage, this book does not pretend to be a primer on the religion. Rather the importance of Islamic daily prayer plus giving back one's wealth to the community become reasons for building the mosque. Readers not familiar with the social structure of an Islamic society might be surprised to learn how a mosque is also somewhat of a social center including baths with hot and cold rooms. A minor complaint about the work is that a student with no architectural background might find descriptions of shoring up walls to support the unique dome of the building mind-boggling. That aside, because of United States involvement in the Middle East and the general population having sparse knowledge about Islamic history and culture, this title is a must-have for both school and public libraries. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9;Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Walter Lorraine Books/Houghton Mifflin, 96p.; Glossary. Illus., $18. Ages 11 to 18.
—Rollie Welch
Children's Literature
The mosque we observe here under construction, from planning to dedication, is a fictional one, but it is based on actual buildings from the 16th century. When the aging Admiral Suha Mehmet Pasa decides to demonstrate his faith and his gratitude to his God, he calls upon architect Akif Agha to plan buildings for a charitable foundation, with a mosque as its spiritual centerpiece. The text details all the steps taken to complete the building, inside and out. The complex becomes a vital part of the life of the city. In his imaginatively attractive way, Macaulay combines accessible exposition with tinted line drawings to lead us through all the complex construction processes in ways that make them easy to follow. Pages of pictures of specific building techniques alternate with double-page scenes showing the gradual assembling of parts, with workmen at their tasks and people using the buildings at the end. He thus injects a human content into the study of technology which includes vast amounts of information. A glossary is included. 2003, Walter Lorraine Books/ Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 9 up.
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Library Journal
He's built castles and cathedrals. Now Macaulay uses his delicate but decisive drawings to show us the construction of a late 16th-century Turkish mosque. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-Macaulay opens a window into the 16th-century Ottoman Empire and its architectural and engineering achievements. Through meticulously detailed drawings and descriptions, this master craftsman informs readers about the construction and function of the buildings comprising a kulliye. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Taking its place proudly among such other monuments of world civilization as Cathedral, Pyramid, and Castle is the subject of Macaulay's newest architectural exploration. Hewing to the formula established in previous works, the narrative explores the building of a fictional mosque, "modeled directly on existing examples." After introducing its cast of characters and discussing the socio-cultural importance of the mosque complex, the narrative then plunges eagerly into the meat of the matter: building. Moving methodically around the complex (a progression aided by the glossary in the back), the text and its superb accompanying drawings explain both the religious and structural underpinnings of the mosque. The description of the planned prayer hall, for instance, includes both the importance of its orientation toward Mecca and the system of piers and semidomes that make possible the crowning of a vast square room with a grand dome. The meticulous pen-and-ink drawings are delicately tinted to help distinguish the different structural elements and bring the building to life, both in process and in completion. Magnificent. (Nonfiction. 9+)
From the Publisher
"Macaulay offers an unusual, inspiring perspective into Islamic society that's removed from the charged headlines, and as in all his work, he conveys a contagious awe and wonder at the design and engineering feats that societies have accomplished."

Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

"As always, the level of visual detail is extraordinary; no less so is the explanation of the mosque's role at the center of the Muslim social and religious life." Publishers Weekly, Starred

"Moving methodically around the complex (a progression aided by the glossary in the back), the text and its superb accompanying drawings explain both the religious and structural underpinnings of the mosque... Magnificent." Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"While there are many books that introduce Islam and its major beliefs and practices to non-Muslim readers, this title provides both a less didactic and arguably more effective look at the religion by placing it within a social context, even one as relatively "cold" as architecture." School Library Journal, Starred

"Architecture and engineering enthusiasts who've reveled in Macaulay's meticulous renderings in CASTLE and CATHEDRAL and their like will applaud their guru's return to his widely respected oeuvre." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred

"'Mosque' is a superbly illustrated and technically engrossing explanation of how a great Turkish mosque complex would be built in about 1600." The New York Times Book Review

"Through a wonderful blend of architectual detail, historical information, and a fictionalized story, the labor put into designing, constructing, and completing a mosque is brought to life." VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

"Macaulay uses a variety of media, delineating both broad vistas and particular details with pen-and-ink and wash while rendering construction scenes with a softer manipulation of line and color." Horn Book

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547015477
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 350,747
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 1340L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.88 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

David Macaulay is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books have sold millions of copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Macaulay has garnered numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal, and the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award. In 2006, he was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, given "to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations." Superb design, magnificent illustrations, and clearly presented information distinguish all of his books. David Macaulay lives with his family in Vermont.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2003

    good book

    I really like this book! I never knew how interesting mosques were.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2011

    i hate it

    it is terible

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