Lifelong Learning Articles

The Water is One, but the Flowers are Coloured (Al-Ma’ Wahid, Zahru Alwan)

According to the author, “In cities and towns all across the world—from Karachi and Tehran to Jakarta and Dakkar, Muslims find ways to express their devotion through acts of piety, not only in mosques but also in spaces as diverse as khanaqahs, imambaras and Jamatkhanas. Each of these structures has its own characteristics, but at the same time shares a commitment to providing spaces for Muslims to congregate and practice their faith.”

 

Image: Bara Imambara — the world’s largest Shi‘ainfo-icon Ithna‘Ashari structure focused around the events of Muharam, in Lucknow, India.  

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This first-person article adds additional context to the journey Rizwan Mawani, author of Beyond the Mosque, undertook to better understand the diversity of...