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Muslim CosmopolitanismSoutheast Asian Islam in Comparative Perspective$
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Khairudin Aljunied

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474408882

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474408882.001.0001

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The Cosmopolitan Mosque

The Cosmopolitan Mosque

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Muslim Cosmopolitanism

Khairudin Aljunied

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines mosques and explains that these institutions are not just devotional places, they are also projections of the cosmopolitan temperaments of Southeast Asian Muslims. This is evidenced in the aesthetics and architecture of the mosques that draw upon so many religious and cultural traditions. The chapter delves into the sharing of sacred space by Muslims and non-Muslims, pointing to the close proximity between mosques and other places of worship. This nearness has encouraged worshippers of different faiths to help one another in a spirit of mutual tolerance and cooperation to ensure the safety and welfare of their respective religious institutions. The chapter also highlights the inclusion of women in the spaces and activities of Southeast Asian mosques — a distinguishing quality that is not so readily found in other parts of the Muslim world today.

Keywords:   sacred spaces, mosques, Southeast Asian mosques, mutual tolerance and cooperation, religious institutions, women in sacred spaces

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