- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1st edition (October 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0500341338
- ISBN-13: 978-0500341339
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.2 x 12.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,470,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mosque: History, Architectural Development & Regional Diversity Hardcover – October, 1994
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Serving as a place of communal worship and a focus for cultural identity, the mosque is the outward and most visible symbol of Islam. Within the context of an architectural exploration of the mosque, the 16 authors of this text have done an exemplary job of presenting and illuminating the belief system of Islam. One quarter of the book is devoted to explaining how the mosque has become the physical expression of belief in Allah and a signal of submission to Allah's will. The remainder examines the mosque region by region around the world, with particularly interesting chapters on the lesser-known mosques of China, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Copious photographs and plans are well integrated with the text. Highly recommended.
David McClelland, Temple Univ. Lib., Philadelphia
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The last topic may be the most original and important, for Westerners are far more familiar with the celebrated mosques of the pre-modern period than with those of the twentieth century. Oleg Grabar and Mohammed Arkoun provide typically brilliant insights while Khan surveys the architectural variances ranging from the pseudo-classicism of the Islamic Center Mosque in Washington, D.C. to the astonishing modernism of the Sherefuddin Mosque in Bosnia.
Too often, in a specialized field such as Middle Eastern studies, a reviewer finds himself lamenting the excessive prices of books. How refreshing, then, to be able to compliment Thames and Hudson for including 378 illustrations, 170 of them in color, and yet charging very little more than the average scholarly book. This pricing decision brings The Mosque within the means of individual purchasers-and even pressures them to buy the book to prove that moderate prices do in fact lead to larger sales.
Middle East Quarterly, March 1995