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Mosques of Cochin

Patricia Tusa Fels (Author)

Cochin – a historic port city on the Malabar Coast in Kerala-has for centuries remained a centre of maritime trade along the Indian Ocean. These commercial contacts brought with them the earliest influences of Christianity, Judaism and Islam to India, resulting in a cosmopolitan mosaic of people in the region. Against this backdrop, some of the very first mosques were built in India, located in compounds replete with coconut palms. These tropical mosques reveal a distinctive legacy in form, acknowledging and celebrating the place, history and building techniques of the region.

Mosques of Cochin documents the surviving vernacular mosques, which stand as powerful and visible expressions of Islam’s integration into the culture of Malabar. Many of these fine old mosques have recently been demolished or remodeled, and replaced by uninspiring concrete structures. In highlighting the beauty and historical importance of the mosque architecture of Kerala, the book aims at bringing greater recognition to these remarkable structures.

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About the author

Patricia Tusa Fels

Patricia Tusa Fels is an Architect and historic preservationist, who has been involved in conservation projects in the US, Europe and Asia.She also contributes to a wide range of journals and newspapers.

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Title Mosques of Cochin
Format Softcover
Date published: 28.02.2011
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9781890206017
length 80p., Col. Illustrations; Maps; 24cm.