|Published online: June 3, 2014||$US5.00|
The mosque seizes a crucial importance in the built environment of Muslim culture. The mosque’s urban-architectural and socio-political magnitudes derive from conveying not only religious significations, but also nonreligious ones. Thus, the mosque enjoys a positive coherence emerging from positively merging the mundane with the sacred. However, this overlapping generates negative impacts, as the mosque’s mundane dimension has undertaken a sacred veil, which has consequently hampered the development of the objective mosque. This paper tries to deconstruct this sacred-profane articulation. For this reason the Prophet-Mosque in Medina, the prototype model of all mosques, will be historically and architecturally rethought. Thanks to adhering to socio-semiotics, the Prophet-Mosque will be analyzed as a sign to discover its expression and content; that is, by unveiling not only its signifying material objects and morphological elements, but also its signified codified and non-codified conveyed ideologies. The aim is to reinterpret the Prophet-Medina-Mosque and develop a concept for a mosque which effectively interacts with the needs and conditions of Muslims and their surrounding societies. It is to propose the notion of the contemporary mosque.
|Keywords:||Islam, The Mosque, Socio-Semiotics, Meaning|
The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 4, Issue 1, June 2014, pp.17-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 3, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 331.972KB)).
Doctoral Candidate, Institute Urban Sociology, Department of Architecture, Bauhaus University Weimar, Weimar, Thuringia, Germany