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Author Kahera, Akel Ismail, 1951-

Title Deconstructing the American mosque : space, gender, and aesthetics / Akel Ismail Kahera.

Published Austin : University of Texas Press, [2002]


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 UniM Store  726.20973 KAHE MF19    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 194 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary In this book, Akel Ismail Kahera explores the history and theory of Muslim religious aesthetics in the United States since 1950. Using a notion of deconstruction based on the concepts of "jamal" (beauty), "subject," and "object" found in the writings of Ibn Arabi (d. 1240), he interprets the forms and meanings of several American mosques from across the country. His analysis contributes to three debates within the formulation of a Muslim aesthetics in North America--first, over the meaning, purpose, and function of visual religious expression; second, over the spatial and visual affinities between American and non-American mosques, including the Prophet's mosque at Madinah, Arabia; and third, over the relevance of culture, place, and identity to the making of contemporary religious expression in North America.
Subject Mosques -- United States.
Architecture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 0292743440