Synagogues in the Islamic World: Architecture, Design and Identity

Lecture of Mohammad Gharipour.

Wide synagogues

In this lecture, Dr. Mohammad Gharipour will present his recently published volume on synagogues of the Islamic world, which focuses on the design and evolution of synagogues in a wide geography from Morocco to Afghanistan. This lecture will also include the review of the design and architecture of synagogues in the Jewish quarter of Isfahan, Iran. 

This beautifully illustrated volume looks at the spaces created by and for Jews in areas under the political or religious control of Muslims. Covering regions as diverse as Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Spain, it asks how the architecture of synagogues responded to contextual issues and traditions, and how these contexts influenced the design and evolution of synagogues. As well as revealing how synagogues reflect the culture of the Jewish minority at macro and micro scales, from the city to the interior, the book also considers patterns of the development of synagogues in urban contexts and in connection with urban elements and monuments. (From the publishing review)

Mohammad Gharipour is Professor at the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University in Baltimore, USA. He obtained his Master’s in architecture from the University of Tehran and his PhD in architecture and landscape history at Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. Director and Founding Editor, 
International Journal of Islamic Architecture. Co-editor, Critical Studies in Architecture of the Middle East book series.

Date: 13 March 2018, 11.a.m.

The seminar will be conducted in English.

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