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The Transnational MosqueArchitecture and Historical Memory in the Contemporary Middle East$
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Kishwar Rizvi

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469621166

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621166.001.0001

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The Mutability of History

The Mutability of History

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(p.193) Epilogue The Mutability of History
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The Transnational Mosque
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Kishwar Rizvi

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621166.003.0006

The book’s conclusion turns to networks that transcend and subvert the idea of geographic contingency. Mobility defines these groups, such as the architects (such as Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil, Hilmi Şenalp and Azmi Fakhouri) and corporations (Halcrow Engineering Consultancy/CH2M Hill) that reinterpret local identities by serving as transnational agents negotiating between diverse political, religious, and social groups. The mosques they construct represent the heterogeneity inherent in any cultural enterprise, especially one that aims to define the contemporary Islamic world in general and the Middle East in particular. Examples of mosques built in Muslim countries outside the Middle East, such as Central Asia and the Balkans, point to the significance of an Islamic architectural language that transcends local idioms to help broaden the borders of the Middle East.

Keywords:   Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil, Azmi Fakhouri, Hilmi Şenalp, Halcrow Engineering Consultancy/CH2M Hill, Islamic world, Middle East, Central Asia, Balkans

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