Typological Study of Traditional Mosque Ornamentation in Malaysia – Prospect of Traditional Ornament in Urban Mosque
Abstract:Since the admission of Islam onto the Malay World in
16th century, the Malay culture began to grow in line with the
teachings of Islam as a guide of life. Mosque become a symbol of
Muslim communities, as well as the cultural values that have been
adapted represent the maturity and readiness of Malay Muslim in
manifest a lifestyle tradition into the community. Refinement of
ornament that used to take from Hindu-Buddhist beliefs before were
adopted and refined to the Islamic values based on the teachings of
al-Quran and as-Sunnah delivered a certain message to convey a
meaning to the observer. The main purpose of this paper is to analyze
the typology and classification of ornaments in Malaysia-s traditional
mosque as a channel to the community towards understanding of the
identity and also the framework of design thinking in ornaments
particularly to the urban mosques in Malaysia.
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