Mosque and the Modern World


In the decades since the ending of colonial rule, new
mosques have been built in significant numbers throughout
the Islamic world, as well as to serve Muslim communities in
other countries. This text features over 70 projects ranging
from commissions by wealthy private individuals and local
communities to imposing State Mosques.

The international nature of Islamic architecture is seen in
the buildings featured; in Pakistan, for example, in the
Ottoman-style minarets of the King Faisal Mosque,
Islamabad, designed by the Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay.
In the West, major complexes such as the Islamic Cultural
Centre of New York, the Islamic Centre and Mosque in Rome
and the Regent's Park Mosque in London, provide a new
dimension to the urban landscape.

This discussion of the individual design briefs and solutions
focuses on the clients' and architects' choices of symbolic
imagery, together with technical data and a brief background
history for each project.

Thames & Hudson: London and New York, 1997