Beyond The Divide: A Century Of Canadian Mosque Design

February 23, 2022|
Beyond The Divide: A Century Of Canadian Mosque Design by Tammy Gaber
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Canada’s first mosque, the Al Rashid mosque in Edmonton, was built in 1938. In the years since, as Canada’s Muslim population has grown, close to two hundred mosques, Islamic centres, prayer spaces, and jamatkhanas have been built across the country.

Beyond the Divide explores the mosques of Canada in their diversity, beauty, practicality, and versatility. From east to west and to the north, Tammy Gaber visits ninety mosques in more than fifty cities, including Canada’s most northern places of worship in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. For nearly a century Muslims have made mosques in a variety of spaces, from converted shops and vacated churches to large, purpose-built complexes. Drawing on site photographs, architectural drawings, and interviews, Gaber explores the extraordinary diversity in how these spaces have been designed, built, and used – as places not only of worship, but of community gathering, education, charitable work, and civic engagement. Throughout, Beyond the Divide provides a groundbreaking analysis of gendered space in Canadian mosques, how these spaces are designed and reinforced, and how these divides shape community experience.

The first comprehensive study of mosque history and architecture in Canada, Beyond the Divide reveals the mosque to be a dynamic building type that adapts to its context, from its climate and physical environment to the community it serves. Above all, mosque designs depend on the people who gather in them, and what those people strive for their mosques to be.
Tammy Gaber is director and associate professor at the McEwen School of Architecture, Laurentian University.
Title:Beyond The Divide: A Century Of Canadian Mosque Design
Product dimensions:304 pages, 10 X 9 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:304 pages, 10 X 9 X 1 in
Published:February 23, 2022
Publisher:McGill-Queen's University Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780228008262

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