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The book documents the surviving vernacular mosques of Cochin--a jewel of the trading culture of the Malabar Coast of Kerala, and where historic patterns of an urban trading culture remain visible in the buildings and layout of the city. Sited in compounds replete with coconut palms, the mosques offer an oasis of tranquillity in densely populated neighbourhoods. Large wood-framed pyramidal roofs, deep overhangs, and fine wooden craftsmanship distinguish the Kerala vernacular. The mosques of Cochin stand as powerful and visible expressions of the integration of Islam into the culture of Malabar. However, they are hardly mentioned in architectural histories or heritage surveys. This book brings recognition to them as highly valued resources.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Spices and Mosques
The Mosques and their Stories
Dargah of Shaikh Zainudheen Makhdoom
Cutchi Hanafi Mosque
Chakarayidukku Juma Masjid
Conservation as a Part of the 1st-century City