Beyond the Mosque is the first book to offer an introduction to the diverse spaces of Muslim worship that exist alongside the well-known mosque. Drawing on his journey across four continents – Asia, Africa, Europe and North America – the author of the book, Rizwan Mawani, shares an illuminating survey that reveals architectural responses to evolving community needs and local environments, from Senegal and China to Iran and India.
This first-person article adds additional context to the journey Rizwan Mawani, author of Beyond the Mosque, undertook to better understand the diversity of traditions and practices across 16 different countries.
This work has benefited from a wide body of literature concerning spaces of worship in Islam, and Muslim communities and architecture more broadly.
The second publication in the Institute’s new World of Islam series, Beyond the Mosque: Diverse Spaces of Muslim Worship, is a first person exploration of sacred spaces across the breadth of the Muslim world.
Explore a photo album featuring diverse historical and contemporary Muslim Spaces of Worship and Gathering that reflect the rich intellectual, cultural, spiritual and institutional pluralism of the worldwide Muslim community, Umma.Let us know what you think here.
This map shows how, in the second half of the 10th century CE, the Fatimid state had transformed from a North African regional power to a Mediterranean empire extending from the present-day Morocco to Sicily, Palestine and Syria.