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Architecture of the Adelaide Mosque: hybridity, resilience and assimilation

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posted on 2014-01-01, 00:00 authored by Md Mizanur RashidMd Mizanur Rashid, Bartsch Katharine
This report describes a little-known and inadequately documented facet of the Islamic diaspora in Australia: its architectural legacy. Mosques were first built in Australia by Muslim camel drivers brought there in the nineteenth century to assist in exploring and developing its vast outback. The little work that has been done on this population so far has mostly focused on socio-cultural and anthropological issues. However, by exploring the origins and early use of the Adelaide mosque, we argue that a more comprehensive study is needed of the other small mosques that were once scattered around the outback. With their diverse, hybrid forms, these structures provide the only tangible evidence of the material culture of this early immigrant group. They call attention both to its resilience and drive to assimilate and to the need for a new theoretical framework for understanding Islamic architecture.

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Journal

Traditional dwellings and settlements review

Volume

XXV

Season

Spring

Pagination

65-75

Location

Berkeley, Calif.

ISSN

1050-2092

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

[2014, IASTE]

Issue

II

Publisher

International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments

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