The Masjid, Yesterday and Today
Throughout history, Muslim communities have always been attached, in one form or another, to the mosque or the masjid as it is known in Arabic. The masjid was not restricted to being a place of worship, a location for performing rituals, or a social and political dimension of the Muslim community. Instead, it has served as a symbol of belonging and identity. This paper explores the role of the mosque as a social institution indifferenthistorical andnational contexts.Asbotha centralinstitutiontothe formation of Muslim identity and to the functioning of the ummah, or Muslim world, this paper demonstrates that the mosque has embodied a resilient dynamism and adaptability––an innovative spirit––while, at the same time, it has remained constant in its central roles and functions.
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