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Monsoon Mosques

by Patricia Tusa Fels


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182 x 235 mm | 7.16 x 9.25 in
Paperback with gatefold | 140 pages
110 colour photographs
8 black & white drawings
1 map
ISBN:
978-93-85360-70-1 (Mapin)

 
PRICE:
Rs.1,750.00  | $35.00  | £25.00
 
 
 
          
   
 
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Table of contents

  • Introduction

  • Islam and the Sea: Trade Routes and the Spread of a New Religion

  • Mosque Essentials: Space and Spices, Peace and Prayer

  • India: Malabar 

  • Malay Heartland: Sumatra and Peninsula Malaysia Java: Pavilions for Prayer 

  • Merchant’s Mosque: A Foot in Two Worlds

  • Conclusion

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Description

For centuries, monsoon winds brought traders from the Middle East to India, and onward to Malaysia and the Indonesian archipelago. Once the new religion of Islam had been established in the land of Arabia, merchants carried their faith to the many ports of call around the Indian Ocean. 

As Islam peacefully spread through the Indian Ocean littoral, the coastal trading cities responded in extraordinary ways. Modifying the form of the local tropical buildings of timber and stone, communities created a stylistic hybrid for their houses of prayer, the ubiquitous village mosque. An exceptional vernacular ensued, reflecting the unique combination of environment, local materials and building skills, trade and the traders. This volume celebrates a finely curated selection of centuries-old mosques in Kerala, Sumatra, Java and Malaysia. 

Raised up high by the communities, the mosques are a marvel of timber, soaring spaces and traditional crafts. Since their creation, these local mosques have been kept alive and well as dynamic expressions of place. But the 20th and 21st centuries have brought numerous threats to their continued existence and vitality. Monsoon Mosques explores the fate of these vibrant symbols of the integration of Islam into local culture.

 

Patricia Tusa Fels, an architect and historic preservationist, is the founder of PTF Architects. She has written about and worked on conservation projects in the United States, Italy, Malaysia, India and Indonesia. The research for her first book, Mosques of Cochin (Mapin, 2011), was funded by the Ford Foundation. In addition to a lengthy career in architecture, she has written for a wide variety of journals.

 
 

Praise

"Fels has done a superb job in documenting these vernacular mosques and telling their compelling stories. The exquisite photographs capture the details of the architecture and display the local craftsmanship and decoration that reveal their cultural identities. Monsoon Mosques raises the timely issue of conserving these unique mosques before they are replaced by the prototypical mosque archetype.…It is a book of architectural splendour of a different kind."
 
David Lung
Honorary Professor of Architecture,  
former Head of Department and Dean,  
Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong
 
 
"Patricia Fels has written such a reflective book on the 
‘monsoon’ mosques. The descriptions are very touching."
 
Gunawan Tjahjono 
Professor of Architecture, Jakarta,  
Co-Founder, Professor Gunawan Tjahjono Foundation
 
 
"Monsoon Mosques is a serious journey into the history and making of the ‘local mosque’.  Such an insightful work will help assure the survival of these beautiful religious edifices and their preservation for posterity."
 
Dr. Rajan Chedambath
Director, Centre for Heritage, Environment and  Development, Kochi

 

 

 

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