Nauka, Vostochnaia Literature
This is a Russian translation of Rizvan Mawani, Beyond the Mosque.
Description from Beyond the Mosque
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, husayniyya, khanaqah and jamatkhana. Readers are introduced to a variety of Muslim spaces, modest and elaborate: their distinct structures and the rituals practised within them, as well as the purposes they serve as 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.
Contents from Beyond the Mosque
1. Mosques and their Architectures
2. Mosque Practices
3. Shi‘i Sites of Piety
4. Sufi Sites of Devotion
5. Transcending Boundaries
List of Illustrations
Note on the Text
Rizwan Mawani is a Canadian educator and researcher. He has a BA in Anthropology and Comparative Religion from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and an MA in Islamic Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He has advised policy-makers and think tanks on issues of religious literacy, tolerance and diversity.