Islamic Architecture in Southeast Asia Term Paper by AcademicHelp

A critical analysis of Islamic architecture in Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia.
# 151850 | 2,196 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2012 | PK
Published on Oct 17, 2012 in Architecture (Asian) , Religion and Theology (Islam) , Architecture (History)

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This paper describes the blending of traditional Islamic and Southeast Asian styles in the architecture of mosques and other Muslim holy sites in Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia. First, the paper describes the importance of Islam in Southeast Asia, giving a general overview of Muslim beliefs and the role of the mosque in the religion. Then, the paper focuses on Southeast Asian architectural style, describing its distinctive features that have become notable elements in Islamic architecture. Photographic illustrations are used throughout the paper to further highlight various monuments that are discussed in the text. Next, the paper notes specific mosques and tombs and how they are emblematic of Southeast Asian architecture. Finally, the paper cites features of Islamic architecture that have been adapted to Southeast Asian style and incorporated into the mosques of this region. The paper concludes by stating that it is clear that the Islamic architectural designs in South East Asia have borrowed heavily from the architectural designs from other regions.

From the Paper:

"Islam is very dominant in the Arab world more than in any other place. However, not many have the knowledge that Islam is indeed a religion that is founded on a cultural hybrid of the persons of South East Asia and Arabs. The uniqueness that comes with architecture in the South East region is reminiscent with a blend of centuries of indigenous elements. These elements come with the classic designs from the Middle East (Shahnawaz 2003). The architecture in the South East Asia also encompasses some sense of traditional Indian influence. This cultural style creates an aesthetic value which is highly significant in as far as the World Islamic Heritage is concerned. Initially, the various designs that are associated with Islamic places of worship were not a product of religious beliefs. However, continued use of these designs made them is closely associated with the religion. The common designs of mosques and places of worship for the Islamic began with humble structures. However, continued trade and traveling in the region resulted to continued improvement in the existing designs of these mosques. Increased trade between countries in South East Asia and other republics such as India, China, and Iran among others was a factor that led to spread of various designs..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anderson, John (1971) "Mission to the East Coast of Sumatra in 1823", Oxford in Asia Historical Reprints, Oxford University Press, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Bouwsema-Raap, W. The Great Mosque of Banda Aceh: Its History, Architecture and Relationship to the Development of Islam in Sumatra. Bangkok, 2009.
  • Ghafar Ahmad, The Architectural Styles Of Mosques in Malaysia: From Vernacular to Modern Structures, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 1999
  • Siddiqua Shahnawaz, The Rich Islamic Architectural Heritage of South-East Asia, IMAM REZA,
  • Zakaria Ali. Islamic Art in Southeast Asia, 830 A.D.-1570 A.D. Kuala Lumpur, 1994

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