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Islam has been a highly influential factor on the African continent for over a millennium, adding much to the fabric of indigenous African cultures through various dimensions of its religious faith and visual language. As in other parts of the world, Islamic conversion was effected through trade and migration far more often than by force. In Africa, Islam has taken many unique forms as the product of many different conversion experiences.

Islam and Indigenous African Culture

Islamic Africa Today (Map)

The Advent of Islam in West Africa

The Mosque and West African Islam

Rise of Islam in Northern Ghana

The Advent of Islam in East Africa

The Mosque and East African Islam

Zeynep Fadillioglu is one of Turkey’s best known designers and architects. She has designed the interiors of countless homes and hotels around the globe but her most important assignment was at home in Istanbul where she became the first woman in the Islamic world to design a mosque. Her goal was to create a modern look that would combine with Islamic culture — and she succeeded. Although her design has been criticized as a high society mosque by some traditionalists, it has been accepted by the wider public.

AT THE HEART OF JERUSALEM is the Noble Sanctuary, Al-Haram al-Sharif, enclosing over 35 acres of fountains, gardens, buildings and domes. At its southernmost end is Al-Aqsa Mosque and at its centre the celebrated Dome of the Rock. The entire area is regarded as a mosque and comprises nearly one sixth of the walled city of Jerusalem.


By UmmAdaam

This English Unit ‘Mosques’ has been designed for grade 5 students i.e. Children who will be 10 in the Grade 5 year.

Lesson Plan

Worship and community: What is the role of the mosque?

Source: The Standards Site

Level: Grade 6 and up

What is the role of the mosque?


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