Design Criteria for Mosques and Islamic Centres: Art, Architecture, and Worship

TitleDesign Criteria for Mosques and Islamic Centres: Art, Architecture, and Worship
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2009
Authorskahera AIsmail
PublisherElsevier Architectural Press
CityOxford, UK, and Burlington, MA
ISBN Number9780750667968
Abstract

The design principles necessary to create functional and dynamic contemporary mosques can be hard to grasp for those unfamiliar with the Islamic faith. Design Criteria for Mosques and Islamic Centers provides an easy-to-use and practical set of guidelines for mosque design, illustrated with 300 line drawings.

Case studies of urban mosques in New York, Washington, Boston, and London and Birmingham amongst others, demonstrate how mosques and Islamic centers have evolved to integrate into the urban scenario. The book also compares tenets from Western and Eastern religious and secular philosophies and discusses their relation to architectural creation, place-making, meaning, and identity. The book shows how mosques fulfill multiple faith-based and social roles through their design; it provides a wide-ranging, basic understanding of Islamic liturgical conventions and secular functions to enable architects, designers, and community advocates to work with confidence.

Design Criteria for Mosques and Islamic Centers is the first dedicated design guide for mosques and Islamic centers available.

Features case studies from the USA, UK, and Europe . Explains fundamental principles to make it easy to create viable design solutions for these exacting buildings that fulfi ll a range of social and religious roles.

* First dedicated design guide for Mosques and Islamic centres available
* Features case studies from the USA, UK and Europe
* Explains fundamental principles to make it easy to create viable design solutions for these exacting buildings that fulfil a range of social and religious roles.

Contents

The synthesis of form -- Orientation: addressing the urban context and the direction to Makkah -- The design of the sanctuary (musalla) -- The concept of space and geometry -- The architecture of women's space.