Religious Architecture

Anthropological Perspectives

Edited by Oskar Verkaaik

Religious Architecture

Edited by Oskar Verkaaik

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

210 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $39.50 ISBN: 9789089645111 Published February 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Borrowing from a range of theories on spacemaking and material religion, and with contributions from anthropologists working in the United Kingdom, Mali, Brazil, Spain, and Italy, this fascinating and comprehensive study develops an anthropological perspective on modern religious architecture including mosques, churches, and synagogues. Religious Architecture examines how religious buildings take their place in opposition to their secular surroundings and, in so doing, function not only as community centers in urban daily life, but also as evocations of the sublime that help believers to move beyond the boundaries of modern subjectivity.
Religious Architecture
Anthropological Perspectives
Oskar Verkaaik

Stability, Continuity, Place
 An English Benedictine Monastery as a Case Study in Counterfactual Architecture
Richard D.G. Irvine

The Biggest Mosque in Europe!
 A Symmetrical Anthropology of Islamic Architecture in Rotterdam
Pooyan Tamimi Arab

Golden Storm
The Ecstasy of the Igreja de São Francisco, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
Mattijs van de Port

Works of Penance
New Churches in Post-Soviet Russia
Tobias Köllner

Divining Siddhivinayak
The Temple and the City
Markha Valenta

The Djenné Mosque
World Heritage and Social Renewal in a West African Town
Trevor H.J. Marchand

The New Morabitun Mosque of Granada and the Sensational Practices of Al Andaluz
Oskar Verkaaik

The Israelite Temple of Florence
Ivan Kalmar

The Mosque in Britain Finding its Place
Shahed Saleem

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Jojada Verrips | University of Amsterdam
“A compelling and thought-provoking collection of essays that sheds new theoretical light on the relation between the material and immaterial in the realm of religion in our so-called secular world.”
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