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    Mosques are the central house of worship for a majority of Muslims around the world, yet many communities have developed their own distinctive religious spaces. These reflect the different cultures, geographies and interpretations that enrich Islam.

    In this book, Rizwan Mawani encounters diverse communities and their sites of worship, including the mosque, husayniya, khanaqah and jamatkhana. Readers are introduced to a variety of Muslim spaces, modest and elaborate: their distinct structures and the rituals practiced within them, as well as the purposes they serve as Muslim community centres and markers of identity. This illuminating survey reveals architectural responses to evolving community needs and local environments, from Senegal and China to Iran and India.

    Beyond the Mosque is a celebration of the significant pluralism that characterises the living Muslim tradition today.   



    "This fascinating and much-needed introduction to religious space in the Muslim world presents an extraordinarily wide range of structures that Muslims have created to meet the varied religious and social needs of their communities across the globe."

    Professor Jonathan Bloom, Boston College


    "Beyond the Mosque is a unique and engaging exploration of the diversity of sacred spaces in Islam from the seventh century to the present day. Through anthropological case studies, Mawani brings to life a myriad of practices and persuasions of Muslims from across West Africa to Southeast Asia and Northwest China."

    Dr Fahmida Suleman, University of Toronto and Royal Ontario Museum


    "This book offers a compelling insight into Muslims' worship in different kinds of buildings around the world. The author introduces readers to the basic historical, religious and architectural backgrounds, enlivened with eye-opening illustrations. Drawing upon vast first-hand experiences, he outlines in fluent, accessible prose the wonderful variety of sacred rituals and spaces that Islam espouses."

    Professor Robert Hillenbrand, St Andrews and Edinburgh Universities

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    Chapter 1: Mosques and their Architectures
    Mosques and their Environment
    Sinan and Ottoman Mosques
    Chinese Mosques
    Uighur Mosques
    Hui Mosques
    The Mud Mosques of Mali
    The Origins of the Masjidinfo-icon
    Mosque Features
    Chapter 2: Mosque Practices
    The Salat
    The emergence of Sunni and Shi'i Interpretations
    Lebanon and Shi'i Ithna'ashari Mosque Practices
    Sunni Devotion to the Prophet and his Family: Cairene Mosques
    Chapter 3: Shi'i Sites of Piety
    Iran's Husayniyyas and Takiyas
    India's Ashurkhanas and Imambaras
    The Imambaras of Lucknow
    The Ashurkhanas of Hyderabad
    The Ismailis and the Jamatkhana
    Chapter 4: Sufi Sites of Devotion
    Sufi Tariqas
    Tracing Sufi Spaces of Worship
    The Khanaqah
    The Zawiya
    The Tekke and Takiya
    Senegal's Tijani Order
    Iran's Ni'matullahi Order
    Turkey's Mevlevi Order
    Chapter 5: Transcending Boundaries
    The Zikris of Pakistan
    The Zikr-Khana
    The Druzes
    Conclusion: The Power and Perils of Pluralism
    Further Reading
    List of Illustrations
    Note on the Text

  • Mr Rizwan Mawani

    Rizwan Mawani is an educator, scholar and research consultant with experience in more than 30 countries. He has a background in anthropology and religious studies with degrees from Carleton University in Canada and the Graduate Theological Union in the United States. His research focuses on Muslim diversity and pluralism with specific reference to spaces of worship, ritual practice and forms of religious authority. Rizwan has conducted field research with more than 50 Muslim communities across 17 countries and numerous cultures from Senegal and Iran to China and Indonesia. His research spans...Read more