The Australian mosque
September 23, 2016 4:04 AM   Subscribe

The Australian mosque. On Australia's contribution to Islamic architecture.
posted by tavegyl (8 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
colloquialism translation:
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posted by zamboni at 5:50 AM on September 23, 2016

I found this really moving, and connected to how i felt about mosques in Canada.
posted by PinkMoose at 6:08 AM on September 23, 2016 [1 favorite]

Since the article barely mentions Islamophobic sentiments in Australia, here's a short clip from SBS about the violent protests against the building of a mosque in Bendigo.
posted by adept256 at 6:24 AM on September 23, 2016

Since the article barely mentions Islamophobic sentiments in Australia....

I thought this was one of the interesting things about this article, that instead of writing within a history of Othering it simply took for granted that Islam is a part of Australian history and culture.

Of course Islamophobia is strong in Australia, my extended family can attest to that. But it's refreshing to read something that doesn't emerge from, or in response to, a perceived civilisational clash.
posted by tavegyl at 8:02 AM on September 23, 2016 [13 favorites]

I so love the pictures of the mosques and seeing how they have adapted to the local environment. Very Australian! And its great to see something on the positive and long standing contribution that Muslims have made to Australian culture.
posted by drnick at 8:04 AM on September 23, 2016 [2 favorites]

This is a great piece, thanks for sharing! I love the diversity of architectural and decorative styles here--both the imported ones and the improvisational results of repurposed structures.
posted by karayel at 4:28 PM on September 23, 2016

I found this interesting and persuasive:
The adhan (call to prayer) also left no trace upon the soil, but as noted by historian Regina Ganter, some have argued the adhan echoes in Indigenous languages along places once visited by the Macassans.
posted by Joe in Australia at 3:07 AM on September 24, 2016

This was a fantastic read, thanks for sharing!
posted by mosessis at 4:26 AM on September 26, 2016

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