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The Mosque: The Heart of Submission

Rusmir Mahmutćehajić

Abstract

This book is an extended meditation on a dimension of Islam unfamiliar to most Western readers. The mosque, this book argues, is not an analogue of the Christian church, not least because in Islam there is no priesthood and no institutionalized hierarchy. Rather, every Muslim is his or her own priest, and most religious obligations are performed in the home. The function of the mosque is thus dispersed throughout society and, indeed, throughout the natural world as well. The Arabic word from which English mosque derives means literally “place of prostration”—the place one performs the daily ri ... More

Keywords: Islam, mosque, religious obligations, Arabic, ritual prayer, God, Bosnia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780823225842
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823225842.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rusmir Mahmutćehajić, author