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Mosques of Cochin

by Patricia Tusa Fels

The surviving vernacular mosques of Cochin are part of a rich cultural history of the Malabar coast of India.
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Category: Architecture, Culture, Heritage
Tags: Mosques, Cochin, monuments, Islam, preservation, heritage
 
IN STOCK
191 x 229 mm | 7.5 x 9.0 in
Flexicover | 80 pages
30 colour photographs
40 black & white photographs
ISBN:
978-81-89995-24-9 (Mapin)
978-1-890206-01-7 (Grantha)?
 
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Table of contents

Introduction

Traders, Spices and Mosques

The Mosques and their Stories

Kochangadi

   Chembitta Palli

   Mammu Surka

   Dargah of Shaikh Zainudheen Makhdoom

   Thakyavu Palli

   Ponnani

Bazar Road

   Cutchi Hanafi Mosque

   Calvathy Mosque

   Chakarayidukku Juma Masjid

Conservation as a Part of the 21st-century City

Acknowledgements

Bibliography

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Description

Cochin—a historic port city on the Malabar Coast in Kerala—has for centuries remained a centre of maritime trade along the Indian Ocean. These commercial contacts brought with them the earliest influences of Christianity, Judaism and Islam to India, resulting in a cosmopolitan mosaic of people in the region. Against this backdrop, some of the very first Indian mosques were built, located in compounds replete with coconut palms. These tropical mosques reveal a distinctive legacy in form, acknowledging and celebrating the place, history, and building techniques of the region.  
 
Mosques of Cochin documents the surviving vernacular mosques, which stand as powerful and visible expressions of Islam’s integration into the culture of Malabar. Many of these fine, old mosques have recently been demolished or remodeled, and replaced by generic concrete structures. In highlighting the beauty and historical importance of the mosque architecture of Kerala, the book aims at bringing greater recognition to these remarkable structures constructed by merchants, labourers and artisans.
 

About the Author

Patricia Tusa Fels is an architect and historic preservationist, who has been involved in conservation projects in the US, Europe and Asia. She also contributes to a wide range of journals and newspapers.

Additional Information

Published in association with the Centre for Heritage, Environment and Development, Corporation of Cochin.

 
 

Praise

“A truly stunning achievement. Beautifully photographed and elegantly designed, this book takes one into the traditional mosques of Cochin.  And through images of surpassing beauty, it conveys the simple and primordial power of vernacular architecture . . . and the context in which it exists.”
—Charles Correa, Eminent Architect and Planner, Mumbai


“The book—with its abundant, beautiful, and detailed photography – documents a rapidly vanishing architecture while pointing the way to a twenty-first century modern Indian city that taps into the uniquely rich local heritage in building, conservation, and urbanism, of which the mosques have been an integral part for many centuries now.”
—Khoo Salma Nasution, Founder of Lestari Heritage Network, Penang


“Fels has made a compelling case for the importance of these old mosques toward the social, historical and architecture continuity of Cochin. I hope this work changes the way people view and value these incredible buildings. It is a book worth reading, while pondering on the role of history in the changing environments of urban India. It is well-researched, eloquently written and beautifully illustrated.
—Manish Chalana, Assistant Professor (Urban Design and Planning), University of Washington


“… well-produced volume… most timely.”
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