The Architectural Representation of Islam
Title
The Architectural Representation of Islam
Subtitle
Muslim-Commissioned Mosque Design in The Netherlands
Price
€ 55,95
ISBN
9789089641335
Format
Paperback
Number of pages
416
Language
English
Publication date
Dimensions
15.6 x 23.4 cm
Table of Contents
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Contents - 6 Acknowledgements - 8 Introduction: The Representation of Islamic Architecture in The Netherlands - 10 1. Hindustani-Commissioned Mosque Design in The Netherlands - 40 2. Moluccan-Commissioned Mosque Design in The Netherlands - 94 3. Turkish-Commissioned Mosque Design in The Netherlands - 132 4. Moroccan-Commissioned Mosque Design in The Netherlands - 182 Conclusion: The Architectural Representation of Islam in The Netherlands - 238 Notes - 258 Selected Bibliography - 296 Samenvatting in het Nederlands - 310 Curriculum Vitae - 318 Figures - 320

Eric Roose

The Architectural Representation of Islam

Muslim-Commissioned Mosque Design in The Netherlands

This book is a study of Dutch mosque designs, objects of heated public debate. Until now, studies of diaspora mosque designs have largely consisted of normative architectural critiques that reject the ubiquitous ‘domes and minarets’ as hampering further Islamic-architectural evolution. The Architectural Representation of Islam: Muslim-Commissioned Mosque Design in The Netherlands represents a clear break with the architectural critical narrative, and meticulously analyzes twelve design processes for Dutch mosques. It shows that patrons, by consciously selecting, steering and replacing their architects, have much more influence on their mosques than has been generally assumed. Through the careful transformation of specific building elements from Islamic architectural history to a new context, they literally aim to ‘construct’ the ultimate Islam. Their designs thus evolve not in opposition to Dutch society, but to those versions of Islam that they hold to be false.
Author

Eric Roose

Eric Roose is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research (ASSR) of the University of Amsterdam.