History, Architectural Development & Regional Diversity
- ISBN 9780500283455
- 30.00 x 22.00 cm
- Paperback with flaps
- 378 Illustrations, 170 in colour
- First published 2002
‘The standard work on the subject… the most comprehensive overview of the mosque available today’ – The Middle East
‘Richly illustrated… an invaluable guide to an understanding of its role in Islamic society and culture throughout the world’ – Discourse
As the outward and visible symbol of Islam, the mosque can be found in all parts of the modern world. Considered the standard work on the subject, this volume traces the history and development of the mosque since its origins in Medina and Mecca at the time of the Prophet Muhammad, explaining its traditional religious and teaching role in Muslim society, as well as its characteristic architectural
and decorative features.
The development of the mosque and its architecture is presented region by region, taking into account local building materials, craft skills and climate, as well as major historical events such as the rise of the Ottoman and Mughal Empires.
The form of the mosque is analysed 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 not only those built by such leading Muslim architects as Abdel Wahid el-Wakil, Hassan Fathy and the Miniawy brothers, but also those designed by Western architects.
Richly illustrated with material drawn from a wide range of sources, this book is not only the most comprehensive overview of the mosque available today, but also serves as an invaluable guide to an understanding of its role in Muslim society and culture throughout the world.