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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Fall 2003

MES 322K • THE MOSQUE -W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39265 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
PAR 214
AKEL KAHERA

Course Description

This course explores in textual and visual format the cultural, aesthetic and historical characteristics of a the mosque. We will discuss the origins and meaning of the term masjid (mosque) and how it relates to art, architecture and worship. We will also explore what it symbolizes as a political and religious discourses (with regards to women and in relation to Islamic Law) in some Muslim communities. Attention will be paid to the configuration and the evolution of religious space and recent aesthetic themes of the mosque architecture in the Muslim and non-Muslim world. For example, the role played by the American Diaspora communities in producing "imagined images", as a reflection of collective memory and identity; other examples will include Hassan Fathy's mosque at Abiqui New Mexico; and Robert Venturi's mosque for Baghdad; SOM's mosque for New York. The course approach is emphatically muti-disciplinary. Students from a wide rage of different fields and interests are encouraged to register and a background in Islam or a Middle Eastern language is not a requirement.

Grading Policy

Class attendance and participation 20% Class Presentation 20% Mid-term essay 30% Final paper 30%

Texts

Course Packet available from Speedway at Dobie Mall. Sample Readings: The Mosque: History, Architectural Development & Regional Diversity -Frishman, M and Khan, H (Editors); The History of Women's Mosques in Chinese Islam: A Mosque of Their Own; Jaschok, M; Mosquee miroir de l' Islam-Garaudy, R; Making Muslim Space in North America and Europe -Metcalf, B.

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