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William Morris’ influence on British Muslim architecture



Shahed Saleem presents his research into the architectural and social history of the British mosque, spanning 120 years. Exploring parallels between the work of William Morris and the architecture of Islam in this country, he explores how British Muslims have dealt with questions of history, modernity, decoration and craft.

Shahed Saleem is author of The British Mosque: An Architectural and Social History, lecturer at the University of Westminster School of Architecture, and practicing architect specialising in places of worship. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL working on the Survey of London’s project on the urban history of Whitechapel. His particular research and practice interests are in the architecture of migrant and post-migrant communities, and in particular their relationship to notions of heritage, belonging and nationhood. Saleem was commissioned by English Heritage to research and write the architectural and social history of the British Mosque, which is due for publication by Historic England in 2018. Through his architectural practice he has worked with faith communities for over 10 years in designing and delivering places of worship, and he regularly consults on academic and pubic projects focussing on the architecture and planning issues facing faith communities. His design work has been nominated for the V&A Jameel Prize 2013 and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2016.

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