By Kishwar Rizvi

Kishwar Rizvi, drawing at the multifaceted heritage of the center East, deals a richly illustrated research of the function of transnational mosques within the development of up to date Muslim id. As Rizvi explains, transnational mosques are constructions outfitted in the course of the aid of either govt sponsorship, no matter if in the house state or in another country, and various transnational networks. by means of focusing on mosques--especially these outfitted on the flip of the twenty-first century--as the epitome of Islamic structure, Rizvi elucidates their value as websites for either the validation of spiritual praxis and the development of nationwide and non secular ideologies.

Rizvi delineates the transnational spiritual, political, fiscal, and architectural networks assisting mosques in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates, in addition to in international locations inside of their spheres of impact, comparable to Pakistan, Syria, and Turkmenistan. She discerns how the constructions characteristic architectural designs that traverse geographic and temporal distances, gesturing to far-flung locations and occasions for proposal. Digging deeper, besides the fact that, Rizvi unearths major variety one of the mosques--whether in a Wahabi-Sunni state, a Shi&8219;i theocratic govt, or a republic balancing secularism and average Islam--that repudiates representations of Islam as a monolith. Mosques exhibit alliances and contests for impact between multinational organisations, international locations, and groups of trust, Rizvi indicates, and her paintings demonstrates how the outfitted setting is a severe source for figuring out tradition and politics within the modern heart East and the Islamic world.

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