Religious Architecture: Anthropological Perspectives

Religious Architecture: Anthropological Perspectives

by Oskar Verkaaik


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Religious Architecture: Anthropological Perspectives by Oskar Verkaaik

Borrowing from a range of theories on spacemaking and material religion, and with contributions from anthropologists working in the United Kingdom, Mali, Brazil, Spain, and Italy, this fascinating and comprehensive study develops an anthropological perspective on modern religious architecture including mosques, churches, and synagogues. Religious Architecture examines how religious buildings take their place in opposition to their secular surroundings and, in so doing, function not only as community centers in urban daily life, but also as evocations of the sublime that help believers to move beyond the boundaries of modern subjectivity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789089645111
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Publication date: 02/15/2014
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Oskar Verkaaik is associate professor affiliated with the Department of Anthropology of the University of Amsterdam.

Table of Contents

Religious Architecture 7

Anthropological Perspectives Oskar Verkaaik

Stability, Continuity, Place 25

An English Benedictine Monastery as a Case Study in Counterfactual Architecture Richard D.G. Irvine

The Biggest Mosque in Europe! 47

A Symmetrical Anthropology of Islamic Architecture in Rotterdam Pooyan Tamimi Arab

Golden Storm 63

The Ecstasy of the Igreja de Sao Francisco, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil Mattijs van de Port

Works of Penance 83

New Churches in Post-Soviet Russia Tobias Köllner

Divining Siddhivinayak 99

The Temple and the City Markka Valenta

The Djenné Mosque 117

World Heritage and Social Renewal in a West African Town Trevor H.J. Marchand

The New Morabitun Mosque of Granada and the Sensational Practices of Al Andaluz Oskar Verkaaik 149

The Israelite Temple of Florence Ivan Kalmar 171

The Mosque in Britain Finding its Place Shahed Saleem 185

About the Authors 205

Index 209

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