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This introduction covers the key concepts discussed in the book Sacred Precincts: The Religious Architecture of Non-Muslim Communities across the Islamic World. It presents an overview of how the other chapters in the book are organized. The book comprises four sections (identity, design, construction, and re-use). The first section concentrates on the concept of identity (i.e., religious, community, ethnic, national) and its impact on the formation and development of non-Muslim sacred sites in macro and micro scales. The second section focuses on the formal, material, and spatial elements of the designed and built environment in various regions in the distant and more recent past. The third section scrutinizes the specific ways in which non-Muslim religious building complexes were erected in conflict with their predominantly Muslim contexts. The fourth section explains how sacred sites and buildings were adopted, adapted, or transformed after their construction.

Keywords: ethnic identity; Islamic world; non-Muslim communities; non-Muslim sacred sites; religious architecture; religious identity



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