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.
In central western Arabia lies the city of Mecca, the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and home to one of the most sacred sites in Islam: the Ka'ba. The Ka‘ba refers to the cubical structure in the centre of the sanctuary at Mecca, the Masjid al-Haram, which has remained a significant pilgrimage site for Muslims since the Prophet’s time.
Despite certain theological differences, Shi‘i and Sunni Muslims share a number of core beliefs, including devotion to the Prophet Muhammad and members of his family, the ahl al-bayt. For Shi‘i Muslims in particular, this is at the core of their belief system and has inspired various spaces of worship and ritual practices. Most notably, this included several shrines, some more elaborate than others, that were built in dedication to significant figures in Shi‘i history and continue to be some of the most visited sites in the Muslim world today.
Spaces devoted to the men of the ahl al-bayt are widely recognisable in the Muslim world. Less well-known are the numerous spaces inspired by notable women in the Islamic tradition.