Islamic Art and Architecture: Unit 2 Muslim places of worship and devotion

2.5 Regional variations in Mosque architecture

In this section we learn about the regional typology of mosque architecture by analysing the architectural and stylistic characteristics of three Friday mosques. However, we should remember that the three types represented by these mosques are neither the only nor the more widespread types, as other types occur in regions such as South and South East Asia.

To make the most of this section, read the following pages of Hattstein and Delius. Make sure you are familiar with the names and terms before you proceed:

  • ‘Courtyard Mosques in the early Islamic world’ and ‘The Great Mosque of Damascus’, Syria (also known as the ‘Umayyad mosque’) (pp. 67–71)
  • ‘The Great Mosque of Isfahan’ and ‘The Friday Mosque at Isfahan’, Iran (pp. 109 and 368–9)
  • The Suleymaniye Complex, Istanbul, Turkey, also known as the ‘Suleimaniye mosque’ (pp. 546–57)