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Call for papers & articles for the third issue of Lonaard Magazine

The Architecture of the Mosque

Organized by
Lonaard Group -London

Since the 7th century A.D. the mosque has been a clear symbol of Islam, as well as the emblem of ‘Islamic’ architecture. The architecture of the mosque in Islam witnessed a gradual evolution from very simple humble ‘enclosure’ of space known as the Prophet’s mosque in Medina, to more sophisticated ‘monuments’ or complex buildings with multi-functional spatial-structures like many mosques in Cairo. Such an evolution was accompanied by the emergence of certain attributes such as the minaret and dome that sustained the mosque as an ‘image’ attached to a certain ‘form’ rather than a ‘concept’ or idea of a place for prayer and education.

This ‘image’ across Muslim history was manipulated for political, cultural, or ethnic purposes than just serving its basic message in Islam. In some cases, the architecture of the mosque was enlarged to a ‘monumental’ scale for political ends, whereas in other cases the mosque was erected for ideological conflicts. For this, some argue that the role of the mosque in Islam has been deliberately derailed in terms of architecture and concept. For this a number of questions arise to scrutinize ideas to do with the socio-functional, cultural, economic, political, planning and urban planning contexts of the architecture of the mosque across Arab Muslim states past and present.

This third issue of Lonaard Magazine opens the door wide to explore the Mosque from various points of view, and to examine the morphology of the Mosque, its evolution throughout Islamic history, its typological, architectural and formal variations across time, place, or political dynasties.

Themes & Research Areas
In order to study, evaluate and explore these issues rigorously, we invite scholars, experts, and professionals to tackle the subject and submit papers and article, within these main themes:

The Architecture of the Mosque – Theory & Philosophy
Papers and articles within this level may:
- investigate the essence of Mosque architecture, its symbolism, cultural meaning, and other relevant notions.
- explore philosophical themes embedded in the form-function relations of Mosque architecture and its features like the minaret, Mihrab, the courtyard etc.
- review, question and discuss current literature on theoretical concepts in relation to Mosque meaning, purpose and its architecture in Islam.
- put forward original arguments to better understand the role of Mosque in Muslim culture and themes and ideas reflected upon Islamic architecture.
- study current western perception of the Mosque as detected in Orientalist writings.
- account for literature in Fiqh and Hadith on the Mosque, its characteristics, original thought in Islam and compare contemporary deviations from such thought and perception.
- use novel theories, methods or schools of thought to better understand the Architecture of the Mosque in Islam - one of which, for example, is Space Syntax methodology.
- assess socio-cultural, spatio-functional, or other criteria of Mosque architecture.

The Political Context of Mosque Architecture
Papers and articles may adhere to one of the following main ideas:
- account for the political dimension of Mosque architecture in Islam with specific examples and clear scope of work relating the argument to time and place.
- detect and put forward a plausible original argument about the impact of politics upon the Mosque in Islam; past or present?.
- conduct a chronological narration/review to understand the evolution of certain typologies within political eras and influences in Mosque features, its spatial organization or form features.
- explore any relevant idea within this theme.

The Morphology of the Mosque - Urban and Regional Design and Planning
Papers and articles within this theme may:
- analyze using clear method and case studies the urban settings, surroundings, and the spatio-functional properties of mosque examples across the Muslim world, and put forward a clear argument.
- draw a comparison between two or more case studies within a theoretical hypothesis to prove or refute a common misconception about Mosque architecture.
- study the courtyard in Mosque architecture, its evolution, meaning, or various typologies prevailed across place and time.
- review the configuration of space organization in the Mosque between the past and the present.

The Socio-cultural Meanings of Mosque Architecture
Papers and articles could:
- question the extent to which the architecture of the Mosque has been a ‘true’ expression of Islam since its early evolution to-date.
- account for the socio-cultural dimension and draw conclusions.
- focus on contemporary examples and highlight the impact of Mosque design or planning upon the social context.

Important Dates
Deadline for abstracts: January 21, 2011
Notification of acceptance January 25, 2011
Full paper submission: March 1, 2011

Submission and relevant guidelines

Authors, writers and scholars are advised to read the following guidelines carefully before sending their contributions as failing to adhere to the these strict rules may result in their work declined from publication. From previous experience in editing immature submitted text, this proved to be time consuming and endlessly laborious. While we open the door wide for all scholars to contribute without prejudice, we reserve the right to decline any text that appears to be replete with elementary mistakes before even wasting the time of our review committee, as their job will not be to edit language or typing mistakes which is the sole responsibility of the author. Therefore, we ask everyone to check their work carefully and kindly abide by the following rules:

The length of text, format and submission
- The length of abstracts should not exceed 400 words, articles no longer than 2000 words and full paper submission should not in any way exceed 5000 words excluding footnotes or references.
- Papers and articles could be written in English or Arabic, either way the author should provide synopsis of about 200 words in the other language that of the article or paper.
- Abstracts, papers and articles should contain author(s) name(s), academic rank or title, institution or place of work.
- Abstracts and full paper submissions should be sent in MS Word format by e-mail to

Paper and article structure and writing code
- The use of references should adhere to proper academic practice, the text should be supported with clear photographs where necessary and with clearly stated references. Illustrations, maps & tables, should be inserted within the text and dutifully explained.
- For Arabic text please adhere to these guidelines: Arabic writing code
- For English text please adhere to the following code English text format
- For use of references please check this file Bibliography
- We only accept original authentic work of the writer/co-writers. Any previously published material in part or whole will be rejected and any writer prove to send such work or practice plagiarism of any sort will be banned in the future from any publication with Lonaard Magazine.

Guidelines for sending and including photos in papers
- Authors are required to include low-quality photos within papers for evaluation, if the paper is accepted then the author will be required to re-submit the photos SEPARATELY AGAIN with the following quality and format:
- Depending on the size of the photo, the minimum should be 300 dpi, if the photo is in large size then the resolution should be close to 600 dpi. This is to ensure a high quality for the photo in the printed version of the Magazine.
- The photo should be saved in ‘CMYK TIFF’, processed by Photoshop, compressed by LZW so that the photo will not lose its resolution when compressed and sent as attachment by email.
- Needless to mention that all photos should be the work of the author for copyrights issue, otherwise the source of the photo must be clearly stated under each photo.

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