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The design of architectural dialect and local identity as Islam strategy in promoting its thought in Indonesia

conference contribution
posted on 2013-01-01, 00:00 authored by A Alfan
The design of mosques in Indonesia uses basic principal form of Hindu temple with its roof taking the form of layered pyramid (3, 5, 7). This architectural dialect design approach was effective in promoting Islam in most regions of the Indonesian Archipelago. The detailed explanation about architectural dialect will be elaborated in my full paper. This paper discuss about a friendly approach by using Hindu Building as mosque. It has given a greatly impact to the surrounding society to Accept new religion. Such temple-styled mosques have a history dating back to 1200 AD and form the basic inspiration for mosque designs in all parts of the country. The layered pyramid mosque’s architectural dialect design proves that architecture has played significant role in promoting Islamic doctrines in Indonesia. 85% of the total Indonesian population is Muslim. Based on these statistics, it is widely evident that the use of dialect design as a political strategy by Muslim scholars was effective in introducing and promoting Islamic ideologies in Indonesia. The strategy facilitated psychological acceptance of Islam by the local populations who were initially Hindu believers and were accustomed to the temple. Additionally, the design ensured the peaceful introduction and spread of Islam in the region. Moreover, the fact that the dialect design was based on local identity, combined with local architecture that had highly recognizable building elements (roof and ornament) promoted the spread of Islam in Indonesia.



History of Art. Conference (2013 : Istanbul, Turkey)


111 - 120


Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University


Istanbul, Turkey

Place of publication

Findikh, Istanbul

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Publication classification

E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed


E Duyan, A Gungor

Title of proceedings

HISTART 2013 : Politics, Identity, Ideology : Proceedings of the History of Art Conference

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