The British mosque – an architectural and social history by Shahed Saleem

Historic England presents the first ever overview and explanation of Islamic architecture in Britain, from the earliest examples in the late 19th century, to the mosques being built today. The author Shahed Saleem, architect, lecturer and researcher at the University of Westminster London, chronicles the architectural and social history of the British Mosque, and so encapsulates Britain’s Muslim history as told through its buildings.

The British Mosque shows, for the first time, how the mosque as a building type in Britain has emerged and developed over more than a century of rapid social change. It presents an engaging narrative and statistical analysis of the different types of mosques, estimated to total 1500 across the country, and in doing so it illustrates the diversity of the nation’s Muslim population. The book charts a course from the earliest mosques formed from the conversion of houses, to other large scale conversions through to purpose built mosques and with these the emergence of an Islamic architectural expression in Britain.

With over 350 striking new interior and exterior photographs of mosques across Britain, archive material, drawings and an insightful foreword by prominent architectural critic and writer Jonathan Glancey, The British Mosque reveals how mosques are deeply integrated within the historic fabric of the communities they serve and thus socially and culturally important to the nation. The book celebrates the contribution of mosques within Britain’s complex and diverse religious landscape and brings Muslim heritage into the mainstream.

About Shahed Saleem

Shahed Saleem is an architect, researcher and lecturer at the University of Westminster, London. 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 public 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.

About Historic England

Historic England is the public body that champions and protects England’s historic environment, from the prehistoric to the post-War. Many of the images from The British Mosque are drawn from the Historic England Archive, an unparalleled collection of 12 million images and documents recording England’s buildings and landscapes.

The British mosque is published by published by Historic England and is due for release on 12th March at a price of £60.