Mosque

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As the outward and visible symbol of Islam, mosques can be found in all parts of the modern world. The mosque remains central to Islam, serving as the focal point for Muslim communities around the globe. This book, with contributions by sixteen eminent scholars, traces the history and development of the mosque since its origins in Medina and Mecca in the time of the Prophet Muhammad, explaining its traditional religious and teaching role in Muslim society as well as its architectural and decorative features. In ...
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Overview

As the outward and visible symbol of Islam, mosques can be found in all parts of the modern world. The mosque remains central to Islam, serving as the focal point for Muslim communities around the globe. This book, with contributions by sixteen eminent scholars, traces the history and development of the mosque since its origins in Medina and Mecca in the time of the Prophet Muhammad, explaining its traditional religious and teaching role in Muslim society as well as its architectural and decorative features. In the course of its spread from its origins in Arabia, Islam often took over and adapted existing places of worship and styles of building as it gained a foothold from Spain and sub-Saharan Africa to China and Indonesia. The development of the mosque and its architecture is presented region by region, taking into account local building material, climatic factors, and craft skills, as well as major historical events such as the rise of the Ottoman and Mughal Empires.The physical form of the mosque is analyzed and illustrated with plans, elevations, and photographs, and its modern role as a religious and social institution is reviewed in the light of political developments. Contemporary mosques worldwide are discussed in a separate chapter, encompassing both those built by leading Muslim architects such as Abdel Wahid el-Wakil and Hassan Fathy and those built by Western architects.Richly illustrated with material drawn from a wide range of sources, this book provides comprehensive coverage of the architecture of the mosque, and it serves as an invaluable guide to an understanding of the mosque's role in Muslim society and culture throughout the world. With texts by MohammedArkoun, Mohammad Al-Asad, Antonio Fernández-Puertas, Martin Frishman, Oleg Grabar, Perween Hasan, Mark Horton, Hasan-Uddin Khan, Do˜gan Kuban, Luo Xiaowei, Gülru Neçipoglu, Bernard O'Kane, Hugh O'Neill, Labelle Prussin, Ismail Serageldin, and Wheeler M. Thackston. 378 illustrations and photographs, 170 in color.
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Editorial Reviews

Choice
A welcome addition to the field of Islamic studies.
Religion and the Arts
[E]asily the highest quality and most complete selection of photos yet assembled in a single volume.
Library Journal
Serving as a place of communal worship and a focus for cultural identity, the mosque is the outward and most visible symbol of Islam. Within the context of an architectural exploration of the mosque, the 16 authors of this text have done an exemplary job of presenting and illuminating the belief system of Islam. One quarter of the book is devoted to explaining how the mosque has become the physical expression of belief in Allah and a signal of submission to Allah's will. The remainder examines the mosque region by region around the world, with particularly interesting chapters on the lesser-known mosques of China, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Copious photographs and plans are well integrated with the text. Highly recommended.-David McClelland, Temple Univ. Lib., Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500283455
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 6/1/2002
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Note 10
Preface 11
Pt. I The Mosque as an Expression of Islam
1 Islam and the Form of the Mosque 17
2 The Role of Calligraphy 43
3 Applications of Geometry 55
Pt. II The Regions and Their Styles
4 Introduction: Regionalism 72
5 The Central Arab Lands 77
6 Spain and North Africa 101
7 Iran and Central Asia 119
8 Anatolia and the Ottoman Legacy 141
9 The Indian Subcontinent 159
10 Sub-Saharan West Africa 181
11 East Africa 195
12 China 209
13 South-East Asia 225
Pt. III The Contemporary Scene
14 The Mosque in Islamic Society Today 242
15 An Overview of Contemporary Mosques 247
16 The Metamorphosis of the Sacred 268
Notes on the Text 273
Bibliography 279
Glossary 282
Chronological Table 283
Sources of Illustrations 284
Index 285
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