By Akel Ismail Kahera
From the avant-garde layout of the Islamic Cultural middle in long island urban to the simplicity of the Dar al-Islam Mosque in Abiquiu, New Mexico, the yankee mosque takes many kinds 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 spiritual practices.
In this ebook, Akel Ismail Kahera explores the heritage and concept of Muslim non secular aesthetics within the usa because 1950. utilizing a idea of deconstruction in accordance with the thoughts of "jamal" (beauty), "subject," and "object" present in the writings of Ibn Arabi (d. 1240), he translates the varieties and meanings of a number of 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 up to date non secular expression in North America.
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