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Religijne, społeczne i kulturowe funkcje meczetu
Religious, Cultural and Social Functions of the Mosque

Author(s): Tomasz Stefaniuk
Subject(s): Theology and Religion, Islam studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Marii Curie-Sklodowskiej
Keywords: Islam; Islamic; religion; Muslim; Muslims; mosque

Summary/Abstract: The primary function of every mosque is to provide adequate space for performing prayers, and in particular the congregational prayers – on Friday, holiday and others occasions. This does not mean, however, that the mosque should be understood solely as a Muslim “house of prayer”. This is, among others, because in Islam the religious practices do not limit themselves to prayer. Analysis of source texts of Islam, i.e.the Quran and Hadiths, as well as recognition of the development of a mosque in a historical perspective, shows that the mosque is not just a building, but a kind of “center of Islam", fully performing various functions. These are – besides religious purposes – pri-marily social, cultural, educational, representative and administrative functions.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 16
  • Page Range: 83-102
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Polish