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The relevancy of mosque architecture in a multi-faith country: China as a case

Ismail, Sumarni and Liu, Yuzhou and Asif, Nayeem and Sabil, Azmal (2019) The relevancy of mosque architecture in a multi-faith country: China as a case. In: Mosque architecture: present issues and future ideas (عمارة المسجد: قضايا الحاضر وأفكار المستقبل). Abdullatif Al Fozan Award for Mosque Architecture and Institut Terjemahan & Buku Malaysia Berhad, Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur, pp. 5-14. ISBN 978-967-460-840-8

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INTRODUCTION ACCORDING to the survey by Pew Research Center for the level of religious diversity in 2010, China was defined as one of the most multi-faith countries all over the world. At present, data shows that some 20 to 40 million Muslims live in China for which the actual numbers are still difficult to obtain. They acknowledged that due to the different origins of Islam in China and the complexity of China’s modern national policy, various official and unofficial national identities1, 2. Interestingly, Chinese mosque architecture, whether historical or modern, reflects this diversity. This paper investigates the development history of mosque buildings in China3. The discussion on historical mosques continues to contemporary times, which presents diversified architectural styles for mosques in China. Especially, unlike the olden days, in the 21st century, modern architectural technology allows clients to choose from a variety of styles and materials when designing mosques to reflect specific versions of Islamic identity.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: 9155/79364
Uncontrolled Keywords: mosque architecture, multi-faith country, China, Islam and architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA1 General
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA4100 Special classes of buildings > NA4590 Religious buildings
N Fine Arts > Islamic art and architecture
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design
Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design > Department of Architecture
Depositing User: Dr Nayeem Asif
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2020 14:38
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2020 14:38
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/79364

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