The Newsletter 57 Summer 2011

Architectural conservation of the mosque. Strategies for cultural continuity in the Islamic world

Hasan-Uddin Khan

Architectural historic preservation has been used as a means to express or represent national, Islamic and even ethnic identity, and often this is linked to tourism or used to serve political ends, particularly in nation building. This article investigates agency and utility in the conservation of religious built environments in diff erent societies in the Islamic world and its meaning to these societies today. Conservation should be interpreted more broadly than the physical continuity of historic structures; it should also enable the continuity of non-material aspects of culture.

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