Architecture, Islam, and Identity in West Africa: Lessons by Michelle Apotsos

By Michelle Apotsos

Architecture, Islam, and identification in West Africa exhibits you the connection among structure and Islamic id in West Africa. The publication appears to be like commonly throughout Muslim West Africa and takes an in-depth examine of the village of Larabanga, a small Muslim neighborhood in Northern Ghana, that can assist you see how the equipped atmosphere encodes cultural historical past via shape, fabric, and area, developing an architectural narrative that outlines the contours of this distinct Muslim id. Apotsos explores how glossy expertise, background, and tourism have more and more affected the modern architectural personality of this neighborhood, revealing the village’s present country of social, cultural, and non secular flux. greater than 60 black and white photos illustrate how architectural elements inside of this atmosphere convey the designated narratives, worth platforms, and realities that make up the original composition of this Afro-Islamic community.

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