H Y B RID M O S Q U E S : M I X I N G I S LA M A N D ` C H I N E S E N E S S ‘ I N M ALAY S IA A N D I N DO N E S IA – TAASA Review September 2013


This article was originally found in the September 2013 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 22, Issue 3, Page 16).

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Hew Wai-Weng I n the last few decades, rising modernist and puritan Islam, as well as the funding from the Middle East, especially Saudi Arabia, has led to the flourish of pan-Islamic model' mosques in both Malaysia and Indonesia.

Instead of traditionalNusantara-type’ with tiered roofs, many of the recent mosques are inspired by the architectural design of Middle Eastern mosques, always equipped with domes and minarets (Dijk 2009).

However, while Middle-Eastern mosque architecture is prevalent, other competing mosque designs are not absent...