By Akel Ismail Kahera
From the avant-garde layout of the Islamic Cultural heart in manhattan urban to the simplicity of the Dar al-Islam Mosque in Abiquiu, New Mexico, the yankee mosque takes many types of visible and architectural expression. The absence of a unmarried, authoritative version and the plurality of layout nuances mirror the heterogeneity of the yankee Muslim group itself, which embodies a complete spectrum of ethnic origins, traditions, and non secular practices.
In this e-book, Akel Ismail Kahera explores the historical past and idea of Muslim non secular aesthetics within the usa considering 1950. utilizing a proposal of deconstruction in keeping with the suggestions of "jamal" (beauty), "subject," and "object" present in the writings of Ibn Arabi (d. 1240), he translates the types and meanings of numerous American mosques from around the kingdom. His research contributes to 3 debates in the formula of a Muslim aesthetics in North America—first, over the that means, objective, and serve as of visible spiritual expression; moment, over the spatial and visible affinities among American and non-American mosques, together with the Prophet's mosque at Madinah, Arabia; and 3rd, over the relevance of tradition, position, and id to the making of latest non secular expression in North America.
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Deconstructing the American Mosque: Space, Gender, and Aesthetics by Akel Ismail Kahera