Design Criteria for Mosques and Islamic Centers

1st Edition

Art, Architecture and Worship

Authors: Akel Kahera Latif Abdulmalik Craig Anz
Paperback ISBN: 9780750667968
Imprint: Architectural Press
Published Date: 19th June 2009


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The design principles necessary to create functional and dynamic contemporary mosques can be hard to grasp for those unfamiliar with the Islamic faith. 'Design Criteria for Mosques and Islamic Centers' provides an easy-to-use and practical set of guidelines for mosque design, illustrated with 300 line drawings.

Case studies of urban mosques in New York, Washington, Boston, and London and Birmingham amongst others, demonstrate how mosques and Islamic centers have evolved to integrate into the urban scenario. The book also compares tenets from Western and Eastern religious and secular philosophies and discusses their relation to architectural creation, place-making, meaning, and identity. The book shows how mosques fulfill multiple faith-based and social roles through their design; it provides a wide-ranging, basic understanding of Islamic liturgical conventions and secular functions to enable architects, designers, and community advocates to work with confidence.

'Design Criteria for Mosques and Islamic Centers' is the first dedicated design guide for mosques and Islamic centers available.

Features case studies from the USA, UK, and Europe
Explains fundamental principles to make it easy to create viable design solutions for these exacting buildings that fulfi ll a range of social and religious roles.

Key Features

  • First dedicated design guide for Mosques and Islamic centers available
  • Features case studies from the USA, UK and Europe
  • Explains fundamental principles to make it easy to create viable design solutions for these exacting buildings that fulfill a range of social and religious roles


Readership (primary): Professional and student architects with an interest in mosque design

Readership (secondary):
Academics interested in religious architecture

Table of Contents

Foreword Chapter One: Interpreting Precedents The First Mosque Origins and Later development Designing the American Mosque The Urban Mosque : Case Studies The Islamic Center of New York, Manhattan, NYC The Islamic Center Washington DC Islamic Center, Miami An Urban Mosque Boston, Massachusetts Abiqui, New Mexico Regents Park Mosque, London Birmingham Central Mosque Rome Mosque Paris Mosque Chapter Two: Site Planning Response to Site & Regional Context Geometry of the Site Chapter Three: Regulating Geometries Design Elements The Elements of Composition Geometry of the Plan Structure and Structural Systems Chapter Four: Enclosure and Architectural Configuration Orientation and Movement Materials and Surface treatment Proportion and Scale Details: mihrab, minaret, mimbar, ablution fountains Chapter Five: A Word About Ornament Index Appendix Glossary of Terms


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About the Author

Akel Kahera

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture, Prairie View A&M University, USA

Latif Abdulmalik

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Interior Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, USA

Craig Anz

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA