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British Mosques

British Mosques

Shahed Saleem, Christopher Turner and Ella Kilgallon (Eds.)

Foolscap Editions

This book, a collaboration between the Victoria and Albert Museum and the University of Westminster, captures the British mosque at a pivotal moment in its history. There are 1,800 mosques in the UK today – mostly converted from terraced houses, libraries, cinemas and supermarkets. Now, these improvised spaces are beginning to disappear, as Muslim communities replace them with purpose-built structures. This timely exploration of the British mosque reveals how ad-hoc adaptations have evolved into a uniquely British-Islamic architecture, tracing its development through waves of twentieth-century migration, and further back to the Orientalist visions of Victorian collectors. Born out of two projects at the Venice Architecture Biennale and the V&A, British Mosques brings together perspectives from curators, architects and artists. Using approaches ranging from archival study to site-specific installations and 3D scanning, together they tell the story of a hybrid architecture that has quietly found its place in Britain’s urban landscape.

British Mosques is co-published by Foolscap Editions and the V&A.

Edited by Shahed Saleem, Christopher Turner and Ella Kilgallon with contributions from Julie Marsh


Page Count: 132 + 16 insert
Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm
Print Method: Offset Litho CMYK with PMS Silver.
Cover: Offset Litho PMS Silver with Gloss Green Hot Foil
Bind Method: Section Sewn plus Saddle Stitch insert
ISBN: 978-1-9997990-6-9
Edition: 1000
Published: 1st Edition May 2021

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