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Prayer in the City

The Making of Muslim Sacred Places and Urban Life

Prayer in the City

Prayer in the City


edited by Patrick A. Desplat and Dorothea E. Schulz, with contributions by Patrick Desplat, Johara Barriane and Linus Strothmann.


This volume envisions social practices surrounding mosques, shrines and public spaces in urban contexts as a window on the diverse ways in which Muslims in different regional and historical settings imagine, experience, and inhabit places and spaces as »sacred«. Unlike most studies on Muslim communities, this volume focuses on cultural, material and sensuous practices and urban everyday experience. Drawing on a range of analytical perspectives, the contributions examine spatial practices in Muslim societies from an interdisciplinary perspective, an approach which has been widely neglected both in Islamic studies and social sciences.


This volume is based on the workshop "Prayer in the City" - organised by Elisa Tullia Bertuzzo and Patrick Desplat which was held on 26 and 27 June 2009 at BGSMCS.


Link: transcript


Bibliographical references:

  • Desplat, Patrick and Dorothea Schulz (eds). 2012. Prayer in the City:The Making of Muslim Sacred Places and Urban Life, Bielefeld: transcript.

  • Berriane, Johara. 2012. "Ahmad al-Tijani and his Neighbors: The Inhabitants of Fez and their Perceptions of the Zawiya", in P. Desplat and D. Schulz (eds), Prayer in the City: The Making of Muslim Sacred Places and Urban Life, Bielefeld: Transcript, pp. 57-76.

  • Desplat, Patrick. 2012. "Introduction: Representations of Space, Place-making and Urban Life in Muslim Societies", in P. Desplat and D. Schulz (eds), Prayer in the City: The Making of Muslim Sacred Places and Urban Life, Bielefeld: transcript, pp. 9-34.

  • Strohmann, Linus. 2012. "A Shrine gone Urban: The Shrine of Data Ganj Bukhsh, Lahore, as a City within the City", in P. Desplat and D. Schulz (eds.), Prayer in the City: The Making of Muslim Sacred Places and Urban Life, Bielefeld: transcript, pp. 265-288.