New Publication - The Friday Mosque in the City: Liminality, Ritual, and Politics

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Dear Colleagues, 

We are glad to announce that our edited volume The Friday Mosque in the City: Liminality, Ritual, and Politics was recently published by Intellect Books (December 2020).

With our best wishes,

Hilal & Suzan 


The Friday Mosque in the City: Liminality, Ritual, and Politics 

This edited volume explores the dynamic relationship between the Friday mosque and the Islamic city, addressing the traditional topics through a fresh new lens and offering a critical examination of each case study in its own spatial, urban, and socio-cultural context. While these two well-known themes—concepts that once defined the field—have been widely studied by historians of Islamic architecture and urbanism, this compilation specifically addresses the functional and spatial ambiguity or liminality between these spaces. 

Instead of addressing the Friday mosque as the central signifier of the Islamic city, this collection provides evidence that there was (and continues to be) variety in the way architectural borders became fluid in and around Friday mosques across the Islamic world, from Cordoba to Jerusalem and from London to Lahore. By historicizing different cases and exploring the way human agency, through ritual and politics, shaped the physical and social fabric of the city, this volume challenges the generalizing and reductionist tendencies in earlier scholarship.



A. Hilal Uğurlu and Suzan Yalman, Introduction  

Section I: Spatial Liminalities: Walls, Enclosures, and Beyond 

Susana Calvo Capilla, Liminal Spaces in the Great Mosque of Cordoba: Urban Meaning and Politico-Liturgical Practices 

Mehreen Chida-Razvi, Lahore’s Badshahi Masjid: Spatial Interactions of the Sacred and the Secular

Fadi Ragheb, City as Liminal Space: Islamic Pilgrimage and Holy Sites in Jerusalem During the Mamluk Period 75

Section II: Creating New Destinations, Constructing New Sacreds

Suzan Yalman, Sanctifying Konya: The Thirteenth-Century Transformation of the Seljuk Friday Mosque into a ‘House of God’

Farshid Emami, Inviolable Thresholds, Blessed Palaces, and Holy Friday Mosques: The Sacred Topography of Safavid Isfahan 

Abbey Stockstill, From the Kutubiyya to Tinmal: The Sacred Direction in Mu’minid Performance 

Section III: Liminality and Negotiating Modernity 

A. Hilâl Uğurlu, Perform Your Prayers in Mosques!: Changing Spatial and Political Relations in Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Istanbul

May Farhat, Urban Morphology and Sacred Space: The Mashhad Shrine During the Late Qajar and Pahlavi Periods

Nebahat Avcıoğlu, Towards a New Typology of Modern and Contemporary Mosque in Europe, Including Russia and Turkey


* The Friday Mosque in the City: Liminality, Ritual, and Politics is a part of the Critical Studies in Architecture of the Middle East series of Intellect Books, edited by Mohammad Gharipour and Christiane Gruber.  (

** Apologies for cross-listing...