Shah Jahan mosque, Woking. Photograph by R Haworth reproduced under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.


The British Mosque: an architectural and social history

  • Tuesday 3 March 2020
    (6 pm)
  • The Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT
  • Lecturer: Shahed Saleem

The British Mosque (Historic England Publishing, 2018) describes the evolution of Britain’s Muslim communities through the buildings they have built. The architectural story charts a course from the earliest mosques formed from the conversion of houses, to other large-scale conversions through to purpose-built mosques and with these the emergence of an Islamic architectural expression in Britain.


Shahed Saleem is a practising architect and teaches architecture at the University of Westminster. His particular research interests centre around the architecture of post-colonial diaspora communities in the UK, and in particular their relationship to notions of heritage, belonging and nationhood. His book, The British Mosque: an architectural and social history, was published by Historic England in 2018. He won a commendation at the RIBA President’s Medal for research, has been nominated for the V&A Jameel Prize 2013 and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2016.

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