The Mosque Political, Architectural, and Social Transformations By Ergun Erkocu and Cihan Bugdaci (Rotterdam: NAi Publishers, 2009. 192 pages.)

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Tammy Gaber

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Refreshingly candid and at times contradictory, not to mention multidisciplinary
and entirely provocative, this book’s alternative and polished graphic
and design immediately places it outside mainstream architecture texts on
contemporary mosque design. Although specifically focused on the contemporary
design of mosques in the Netherlands, its broader and more general
understandings are easily grasped through its grounded arguments.
Many of the chapters also contextualize issues of mosque design in that
country within the larger scope of mosque design in the West. Each of the
ten chapters is written by a different author: architects, architectural historians,
philosophers, politicians, and other experts. Titled with a provocative
question, the introductory short commentary ties together what may at first
seem like disparate interpretations of the contemporary mosque’s role and
design ...

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