Disrupting Heritage: mosques as mediators of British Identity

Saleem, S. 2018. Disrupting Heritage: mosques as mediators of British Identity. in: Pandya, S. (ed.) Architecture and Nation Taylor & Francis.

Chapter titleDisrupting Heritage: mosques as mediators of British Identity
AuthorsSaleem, S.
EditorsPandya, S.
Abstract

This article will consider how a recently published monograph for Historic England (written by the author) on the architectural and social history of the mosque in Britain challenges authorised discourses of heritage by disrupting them with new and alternative architectural and cultural narratives. Recent migrant and post-migrant communities have a growing and established presence in Britain, but a relatively limited history of material culture i.e. buildings, artefacts, archives, as compared to ‘indigenous’ communities. It is through the appraisal of the architecture of minority communities within the auspices of the nation’s heritage project, that offers possibilities for reappraising concepts of nationhood and belonging, bearing in mind the entanglement of heritage and national identity. Considering Stuart Hall’s proposition that until a person sees themselves reflected in a national story they cannot truly belong to that nation, this article will ask how cultures with a paucity of conventional heritage artefacts, such as architecture, can be included in the narration of that nation’s story. 

Book titleArchitecture and Nation
Year2018
PublisherTaylor & Francis

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