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THE (IM)-POSSIBLE MOSQUE; SPATIAL MUTATION AND IDENTITY NEEDS IN NORTHERN IRELAND

Abstract
By : Fodil Fadli

 
Over more than thirty years of violent conflict, Northern Ireland had an intense sectarian violence due to the politicalreligious opposition between its Catholic and Protestant communities. The history of the Muslim community in Northern Ireland and the nature of the events in the region have had implications on the establishment of an Islamic environment. This paper aims to explore the problems encountered by the Muslim community in Northern Ireland in their attempt to build their first purpose built mosque. The paper is based on data collected during a study conducted between 2005 and 2007. However, a more recent literature review has been conducted. The study investigates the establishment of Islamic spaces, architecture and symbols. It explores the ways developed by the Muslim community in order to conceptualize and establish their first purpose-built mosque in Northern Ireland, but it also investigates how Muslim adapt and modify their domestic and communal spaces for their cultural, religious and identity needs and concerns. This paper offers an understanding of why the Muslim community needs to build its first formal-built-purpose mosque in Northern Ireland, and how the members of this community adapt to continuously changing liminal spaces.
Keywords : Mosque, spatial mutation, identity needs, Northern Ireland (NI).

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