Islamic Architecture is amongst the most recognisable and admired in the world. It is known for its beauty, precision and timelessness, but few understand the meanings and metaphors that underpin it.

We are honoured to host Dr Mostafa al-Badawi, in conversation with Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, as he takes us on a journey with authoritative textual references through the deeper and long-forgotten meanings of many of the elements of Islamic architecture.

The discussion will include courtyards, gardens and fountains, generally believed to reflect images of paradise; domes, arches, ceilings, decorated so intricately with arabesque and geometric designs; as well as epigraphic inscriptions found not only in mosques but also everyday buildings in traditional Islamic architectural design.

Waleed Arafa, an Egyptian architect, will be giving a short presentation on his project, the Basuna Mosque in Egypt, that he has designed, built and incorporated many of the dimensions explored in the book.

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About The Speakers

Mostafa al-Badawi

Bio:  Dr. Moṣṭafā al-Badawī is a scholar of Islamic sciences who is also a Consultant Psychiatrist. He has translated the 10 treatises that constitute the complete prose works of Imām al-Ḥaddād, Key to the Garden by Ḥabīb Aḥmad Mashhūr al- Ḥaddād, The Degrees of the Soul by Shaykh al-Shabrāwī, and a collection of Bā-cAlawī treatises recently published under the title Spiritual Insights.

Waleed Arafa

Waleed Arafa is an award winning Egyptian architect and the founder and principal of Dar Arafa Architecture, Cairo, Egypt. He earned a post-graduate degree from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, UK. His thesis was entitled: The Mosque in Britain: British Heritage?

About The Chair

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (Dr Tim Winter) is dean of the Cambridge Muslim College, which trains imams for British mosques. In 2006 he published Abraham’s Children, co-edited with Bishop Richard Harries and Rabbi Norman Solomon. He is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology. His other books include Commentary on the Eleventh Contentions (2012) and Travelling Home: essays on Muslims in Europe (2020).