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Deconstructing the American Mosque: Space, Gender, and Aesthetics
From the avant-garde design of the Islamic Cultural Center in New York City to the simplicity of the Dar al-Islam Mosque in Abiquiu, New Mexico, the American mosque takes many forms of visual and architectural expression. The absence of a single, authoritative model and the plurality of design nuances reflect the heterogeneity of the American Muslim community itself, which ...more
Hardcover, 194 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by University of Texas Press
(first published 2002)
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The analysis done in the book regarding the space, language of form and aesthetics in conjunction with the Qur'an and sunnah in the North American context is pedagogic. The three different examples of mosques put forward, explore the expressions of design in this context. The essay(s) also tackle the issue of balance between modernity and tradition, history and culture, and ideology. Discussions on gender issues are brief and theoretical. It wasn't an easy book to read. Too many jargons and tech ...more