The New Cambridge Mosque: Negotiating Tradition and Transformation in British Muslim Architecture
As part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Cambridge Inter-faith Programme is a hosting a panel discussion event on Saturday, 22nd October.
Our expert panel will address the topic of mosque architecture at national and local levels. We will hear about the historical trajectories of form, style, and motif in British Muslim architecture, their roles in expressing and shaping identity, and the state's engagement with and recognition of this form of material culture. We will also hear about questions of community, tradition and sustainability from the founder and architects of the planned new Cambridge mosque on Mill Road. In view of its focus on sustainable and environmental features, the project has been described as 'Europe's first eco-mosque'.
- Wendy Pullan, Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge (Chair)
- Shahed Saleem, Mosque architect, Lecturer at the University of Westminster, and author of the forthcoming "The British Mosque, a social and architectural history"
- Linda Monckton, Historic Environment Intelligence Analyst for Social Impacts, Historic England
- David Marks, Co-founder, Marks Barfield Architects, architects of the planned new Cambridge Mosque
- Tim Winter, Shaykh Zayed Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge and Secretary of the Muslim Academic Trust, the charity for the planned new Cambridge mosque
The event format comprises panel presentations before a period of panel discussion and audience Q&A.
(Image credit: Marks Barfield Architects)