Evolution of Mosque Architecture

This exhibition is no longer on display at the Museum.

A mosque is central to Islam, serving as a focal point for Muslim communities around the globe.

20201012 EDIF 010 Al Azhar Mosque

Al Azhar Mosque in Cairo, Egypt. Illustration by Wahbi Al-Hariri Rifai, All Rights Reserved

In this free public talk, Ara Institute of Canterbury architecture instructor Mazharuddin Syed Ahmed will present an illustrated history of the mosque, tracing its history and development since its origins in seventh century Medina during the time of the Prophet Muhammad.

The talk will highlight the evolution of various mosque features, from their origins in Arabia to their later adaptions to local styles of building as Islam spread from Spain and sub-Saharan Africa to China and Indonesia. The development of the mosque and its architecture will be presented region by region, highlighting how the local building materials, climatic factors, and craft skills, as well as major historical events such as the rise of the Ottoman and Mughal Empires, influenced many of these structures.

Mazharuddin will also explain the evolution of mosques around the world in light of their local cultural, artistic and architectural influences on this place of worship.

After the talk, visitors are welcome to examine drawings of mosques from around the world by renowned Syrian-American artist Wahbi Al-Hariri Rifai in the Museum's exhibition Mosque: Faith, Culture, Community.

This talk is free to attend but places are limited so please register using the button below if you'd like to come along.


This exhibition is no longer on display at the Museum.
13 February 2021 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm Register
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