BOOK: Mosques of Cochin

May 12, 2015 | Vol. 5, Issue 3
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Mosques of Cochin document the surviving vernacular mosques, which stand as powerful and visible expressions of Islam's integration into the culture of Malabar. Many of these fine, old mosques have recently been demolished or remodeled, and replaced by generic concrete structures.

Author: Patricia Tusa Fels
Size: 191 x 229 mm; Flexicover ;
Pages: 80
30 colour photographs and 40 black & white photographs
Price: Rs.595.00
Publishers: Mapin Publishing Pvt Ltd (www.mapinpub.com) in association with the Centre for Heritage, Environment and Development, Corporation of Cochin, Kerala (ph: 0484-2391766)

Cochina historic port city of Kerala has for centuries remained a centre of maritime trade along the Indian Ocean. These commercial contacts brought alongwith them the earliest influences of Christianity, Judaism and Islam to India, resulting in a cosmopolitan mosaic of people in the region. Against this backdrop, some of the very first Indian mosques were built, located in compounds replete with coconut palms. These tropical mosques reveal a distinctive legacy in form, acknowledging and celebrating the place, history, and building techniques of the region

Mosques of Cochin document the surviving vernacular mosques, which stand as powerful and visible expressions of Islam's integration into the culture of Malabar. Many of these fine, old mosques have recently been demolished or remodeled, and replaced by generic concrete structures. In highlighting the beauty and historical importance of the mosque architecture of Kerala, the book aims at bringing greater recognition to these remarkable structures constructed by merchants, laborers and artisans.

Patricia Tusa Fels is an architect and historic preservationist, who has been involved in conservation projects in the US, Europe and Asia. She also contributes to a wide range of journals and newspapers.

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