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Creating Muslim Space in the USA or Americanization of Muslim Space in the USA: Turkish Mosque in Washington DC.

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Mosques have constituted very central points in urban space in Islamic countries for centuries. They have been the center of Islamic cities and Muslim’s perspectives. With their minarets, they have symbolized Islamic identity of the cities. When Muslims immigrate to non-Islamic countries, they also have started to build mosques not only for worshipping but also for gathering and representing their Islamic identity. However, the design of mosques in non-Islamic environment not only have imprints of Islamic tradition but also the imprints of socio-political, and cultural relations of non-Islamic environment.
From that sense, Turkish Mosque in Washington DC. constitutes a good example for examining its design in terms of its Islamic characteristics and the characteristics of Americanization. In that paper, first of all, we will address the issue of how places are social production underlying Lefebvre’s theory of production of space in order to provide a firm ground for understanding Turkish Mosque as a social production of fusion of Islamic tradition and American environment. Secondly, we examine Marc Auge’s theory of non-places as an example of production of space by supermodernity. Then, we will trace the imprints of the characteristics of non-places in Turkish Mosque in order to understand Americanization of Turkish Mosque. Finally, we will try to find the impacts of American way of design of mosque on its members.

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Demirezen, Ismail. "Creating Muslim Space in the USA or Americanization of Muslim Space in the USA: Turkish Mosque in Washington DC." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Marriott Hotel, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, Aug 12, 2005 <Not Available>. 2017-10-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p21322_index.html>

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Demirezen, I. , 2005-08-12 "Creating Muslim Space in the USA or Americanization of Muslim Space in the USA: Turkish Mosque in Washington DC." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Marriott Hotel, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA Online <PDF>. 2017-10-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p21322_index.html

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Abstract: Mosques have constituted very central points in urban space in Islamic countries for centuries. They have been the center of Islamic cities and Muslim’s perspectives. With their minarets, they have symbolized Islamic identity of the cities. When Muslims immigrate to non-Islamic countries, they also have started to build mosques not only for worshipping but also for gathering and representing their Islamic identity. However, the design of mosques in non-Islamic environment not only have imprints of Islamic tradition but also the imprints of socio-political, and cultural relations of non-Islamic environment.
From that sense, Turkish Mosque in Washington DC. constitutes a good example for examining its design in terms of its Islamic characteristics and the characteristics of Americanization. In that paper, first of all, we will address the issue of how places are social production underlying Lefebvre’s theory of production of space in order to provide a firm ground for understanding Turkish Mosque as a social production of fusion of Islamic tradition and American environment. Secondly, we examine Marc Auge’s theory of non-places as an example of production of space by supermodernity. Then, we will trace the imprints of the characteristics of non-places in Turkish Mosque in order to understand Americanization of Turkish Mosque. Finally, we will try to find the impacts of American way of design of mosque on its members.


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