Islamic architecture is understood to have a distinct
set of elements which emotively contribute
to the divine logic of ritual and spiritual manifestation.
This rationality, however, is imitative and
has been boldly positioned within an unfamiliar
context as a derivative of Arabian stimulus.
Traditionally understood as a place welcoming
to all people for matters extending beyond the
religious, its circumstantial interpretation has
had a profoundly negative influence on its newfound
context, consequently acting as a deterrent
for some. Its spatial proximity has fostered
a sense of territorialism; its monumentalism has
disconnected it from its urban milieu.
The consequential reassessment of the mosque
typology is necessitated whereby contextual
and cultural reasoning makes an impact on its
form, identity and meaning within an unfamiliar
urban framework. This new comprehension is
proposed to foster a sense of Islamic Ubuntu
amongst a unified diaspora given its vastly connected
assembly within the urban locale.
The investigation aims to uncover an alternate
process of choreographing a spiritual and
emotive experience through contestation and
subsequent redefinition. Instead of designing
a religious edifice as an emblem of our own
worldly inspiration, the inquiry seeks to spatially
manifest the objective teachings of the divine
scripture – the Holy Quran. Tangible and intangible
mapping, along with a grounded theoretical
outlook drives the study; the overall premise
is based on a personal understanding and a
life-long discovery of the religion in question.
Dissertation (MArch(Prof))--University of Pretoria, 2014.