THE MOSQUE IN THE WEST
a symposium sponsored by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT
with support from the Dean for Student Life and the MIT Council for the Arts


Photograph by Ed Grazda

Mosques are fast finding their way into the contemporary Western architectural mosaic. This Symposium will build on this development to examine several issues. First is the relationship between the perception of Islam and the form, placement, and reception of Mosques in the West today. Second is the effect of new mosque design on the social structure and cultural make-up of Islamic communties in the West. Third is the more general question of how sacred space is produced, represented, and used in the current urban setting with its fast changing and competing signs and agendas.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2006
2:00 to 5:00


SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2006
10:00 to 11:45 & 1:30 to 5:30

MIT 56-114
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Event is free and open to the public. For further information, please e-mail: akpiarch@mit.edu, phone: 617 253 1400

PROGRAM
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FRIDAY, APRIL 21

2:00
Welcoming Remarks

Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Professor at MIT
Robert Randolph, Dean for Student Life
Omar Khalidi, Aga Khan Librarian at MIT

Islam in the West
Chair: Nasser Rabbat

2:30
Muslims and Mosques in America:
Visible and Vulnerable

Diana Eck, Harvard University

3:00
The American Mosque Post 9/11:
Between Tradition and Pluralism

Yvonne Haddad, Georgetown University

3:30
Mosques In Europe and America:
From Places of Worship to Congregation

Jocelyn Cesari, Harvard University

4:00
Discussion

4:15
Break

Representations of the Mosque
Chair: Nasser Rabbat

4:30
Generative Design Principles
for Contemporary Islamic Practice in the West

Azra Aksamija, MIT

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 22

Mosques/Islamic Centers and the Larger Society
Chair: Gulzar Haider

10:00
Living as Muslims in a Pluralistic Society

Aminah B. McCloud, DePaul University

10:30
Competing for Muslims:
New Strategies for Urban Renewal in Detroit

Sally Howell, University of Michigan

11:00
Acculturation or Assimilation in American Mosque Attendees

Ihsan Bagby, University of Kentucky

11:30
Discussion

11:45
Lunch Break

Contemporary Mosque Design in Europe
Chair: Hassan-Uddin Khan

1:30
Form-as-Identity:
Twentieth Century Mosque Architecture in Europe and North America

Nebahat Avcioglu, Columbia University Institute for Scholars in Paris

2:00
The Narrative of  Place

Rasem Badran, Architect, Jordan
PRESENTATION CANCELLED

2:30
Constructing Mosques. Mosque Establishment and Islamic presence in France and the Netherlands

Marcel Maussen, Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES) at the University of Amsterdam

3:00
Discussion

3:15
Break

Contemporary Mosque Design in North America
Chair: Aminah B. McCloud

3:30
Against the Traditional Grain, Respectfully:
Search for an Architecture of Relevance for Muslim Communities

Gulzar Haider, Carleton University

4:00
Approaches to Mosque Design:
The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center

Gregg Cribb, Architect, Boston

4:30
The Making of a Mosque for the Islamic Center of America Dearborn, Michigan

David Donnellon, Architect, Detroit

5:00
Closing Remarks

Omar Khalidi