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MOSQUE DESIGN IN LIGHT OF PSYCHO-RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE (ISLAMIC)


1984 1984

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Studies on mosque architecture have tended to be merely descriptive, and while a few have gone beyond description, a theoretical base to guide architects has been lacking.

This study is an attempt to formulate a set of guiding principles derived from literary sources and traditional mosques, and is conceived on the basis of the psycho-religious experience that one encounters while engaged in prayer. The psychological theories of suggestion, psychoanalysis, and psychosynthesis are found to be applicable to mosque architecture.

The architectural and formal elements of mosques are ordered according to these psychological principles, identified in this study as "design parameters." These design parameters facilitate the performance of prayer and, indeed, transform prayer from its secondary, ritualistic type into its primary, genuine one.

These psychological processes that the mosque serves have kept the essence of prayer alive, and, on the other hand, they have an impact on those who experience the building, e.g., the users or those who are engaged in the building of this structure, such as the architects or the patrons. This impact, from a purely psychological perspective, is therapeutic in nature. The mosque, with its architectural and decorative elements, evokes therapeutic responses.

The mosque thus has, in addition to its religious and educational role, the function of being a room in the city in which the psychological well-being of individuals is served.

To accomplish the concretization of this physical environment, Islamic law has provided legal parameters, which correspond closely with the three therapeutic psychological parameters mentioned above.

Seen in this context, the mosque is a man-made environment, and contains innovations (bida('c)), yet it is the physical expression of a society that applies its best religious and logical powers in the effort to maintain an acceptable level of human well-being.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Architecture
Classification
0729: Architecture
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts
Title
MOSQUE DESIGN IN LIGHT OF PSYCHO-RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE (ISLAMIC)
Author
EL-GOHARY, OSAMAH MOHAMMED NOOR
Number of pages
576
Publication year
1984
Degree date
1984
School code
0175
Source
DAI-A 45/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
University/institution
University of Pennsylvania
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
8422900
ProQuest document ID
303301429
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/303301429
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