Deconstructing the American Mosque: Space, Gender, and by Akel Ismail Kahera

By Akel Ismail Kahera

"This textual content could be the vintage paintings within the box. . . . it will likely be tremendous precious for normal Islamic reviews, for stories of faith in the United States, and for the learn of Islam in America." --Aminah Beverly McCloud, affiliate Professor of Islamic reports, DePaul collage, Chicago From the avant-garde layout of the Islamic Cultural middle in ny urban to the simplicity of the Dar al-Islam Mosque in Abiquiu, New Mexico, the yank mosque takes many different types of visible and architectural expression. The absence of a unmarried, authoritative version and the plurality of layout nuances replicate the heterogeneity of the yankee Muslim group itself, which embodies an entire spectrum of ethnic origins, traditions, and spiritual practices. during this e-book, Akel Ismail Kahera explores the heritage and concept of Muslim spiritual aesthetics within the usa seeing that 1950. utilizing a thought of deconstruction in keeping with the recommendations of "jamal" (beauty), "subject," and "object" present in the writings of Ibn Arabi (d. 1240), he translates the varieties and meanings of a number of American mosques from around the nation. His research contributes to 3 debates in the formula of a Muslim aesthetics in North America--first, over the that means, function, and serve as of visible non secular expression; moment, over the spatial and visible affinities among American and non-American mosques, together with the Prophet's mosque at Madinah, Arabia; and 3rd, over the relevance of tradition, position, and identification to the making of latest non secular expression in North the United States.

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And refraining from shout[ing] to the Prophet from outside of the inner apartments’’ (Q. :–). Following the change of the qiblah direction, the northern portico, or zullah, became a permanent place for the poor and the weary to rest or en40 Deconstructing the American Mosque gage in worship and the recitation of the Qur’an. Many of the Prophet’s companions gave up their worldly interests and engaged themselves in a life of retirement devoted to the service of God (zuhud ) under the shade of the portico.

How will today’s architect derive meaning from what he or she observes in the spatial paradigms of the past? This brief list of design questions is by no means finite; we will explore others in due course. However, the problem remains of the extent to which the context, singularly, affects the final product. It is a question to which we will return later. The architect is also faced with design decisions that give primacy to identity and place of origin. It is for this reason that the Orient remains a reference point that we must not ignore; it figures undeniably within our discourse.

But how do we explain what makes each building a unique expression, or what cultural or environmental conditions have led to the genesis of a particular American style? In view of the Qur’anic mention of the term ‘‘masjid,’’ which also appears in the hadith literature, there are several ways to address this question and the issues raised by Grabar in order to decipher the meaning of spatial order. Since hermeneutics concerns itself with the analysis of structure, language, and the psychology of human response and behavior, all of these aspects are considered in our analysis of the American mosque.

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