Appel à chapitres : Synagogues of the Islamic World — LIMITE : 15/06/2014

Call for book chapters on Synagogues of the Islamic World
Deadline: June 15, 2014

With more than three millennia of history, the Jewish people have been
both a minority and an influential community of long standing within
the Islamic world, from Morocco to Indonesia.  The hundreds of
synagogues that are located in this part of the world are noted for
their rich and unique architecture.  These buildings were constructed
and developed under the influence of local trends or stylistic
movements, while also representing the visual culture of each
particular Jewish community. Whether constructed in a predominantly
Muslim society or preserved in its original form from pre-Muslim
periods, each synagogue embodies the application of architecture to
the articulation of cultural identity.

A general study of synagogues throughout the Islamic world should
allow art and architectural historians to draw conclusions regarding
expressions of faith, power and desire in Muslim societies, and the
formal and theoretical qualities of these structures in Islamic
societies.  Further, the architecture of synagogues reveals
relationships between the architectural forms associated with Islamic
cultures and Jewish readings of architectural tradition.  The
development of these structures in Islamic cities is related to
multifaceted classifications of synagogues as holy places, cultural
centers, or even residences, as well as to the complexities of the
Jewish population as an integrated, but sometimes, non-homogenous
community.  The facades of synagogues reflect the degree of freedom
the Jews have within their local Muslim community, whereas interiors
were complex overlays of local and regional elements, forms, and
ornaments, and religious symbols.

This book aims to explore the design and development of synagogues in
the Islamic world by examining the physical and non-physical links
between city and synagogue.  This book will include papers that
examine spaces created by and for Jews in an area under the political
or religious control of Muslims, as well as constructed before the
advent of Islam.  Chapters will clarify how the architecture of
synagogues responded to contextual issues and traditions, or how a new
context influenced a historically-established design.

Submissions will discuss how synagogues reflect the culture of the
Jewish minority at macro and micro scales, from the city to the
interior.  They can also study patterns of development of the
synagogues in urban contexts and in connection to Muslim quarters and
urban monuments such as mosques and shrines.  The contributions may be
based on the analysis of case studies of archival and historical
accounts, or formal and spatial analyses of synagogues in their urban
context. Papers that deploy new methodological, theoretical, and
comparative approaches to the analysis of synagogues in the Muslim
world are especially welcome.  Case studies from Indonesia, Malaysia,
Central Asia, Africa, and the Middle East are welcome.

Please submit proposals or inquiries to:  Dr. Mohammad Gharipour,
School of Architecture and Planning, Morgan State University,

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Chargé de diffusion scientifique (2014, 26 mai). Appel à chapitres : Synagogues of the Islamic World — LIMITE : 15/06/2014. IISMM. Consulté le 23 mai 2024, à l’adresse

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