Amir Shakib Arslan Mosque, Mukhtarah Building, Lebanese Religious Architecture, Images

Amir Shakib Arslan Mosque, Mukhtarah

New Religious Building in Lebanon – design by L.E.FT, Architects

19 Sep 2016

Amir Shakib Arslan Mosque in Mukhtarah

Design: L.E.FT, Architects

Amir Shakib Arslan Mosque Building, Mukhtarah

Location: Moukhtarah, Lebanon

The Amir Shakib Arslan mosque in the village of Mukhtarah, Lebanon, opened on September 18, 2016.

The mosque building occupies a renovated cross vaulted space with the addition of a steel structure and a plaza in front.

Amir Shakib Arslan Mosque, Mukhtarah, Lebanon

The slender minaret is formed of thinly-sliced steel plates, angled in the direction of Makkah, and linked horizontally through a canopy to a curved wall delineating the entry to the mosque.

Atop the minaret, the word Allah (God) is folded biaxially from the minaret, becoming a structural calligraphy rather than a traditional ornamental applique. Seen from one side, Allah is read as solid, from the other side, Allah is read as a void.

Below, at the entry to the mosque, the word Insan (Human Being) is added to the steel plates, to create a Hegelian dialectic of God/Man, putting humanity as an integral part of the equation with God, as a reminder of the humanistic tradition of Islam.

The “fight against fundamentalism is above all a cultural war of ideas, and architecture is one of its weapons”, state the architects.

Amir Shakib Arslan Mosque in Mukhtarah


L.E.FT is a NYC-based design collective comprised of architects Makram el Kadi and Ziad Jamaleddine. Established in New York in 2001. The firm has been recognized internationally with numerous awards, publications and exhibitions for quality and excellence in design. The partners combine their architectural practice with research projects they conduct in the form of studios at several universities in the U.S. including Yale, MIT, UPenn, Cornell University and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. The firm is the recipient of the prestigious 2002 Young Architects Award and 2010 Emerging Voices from the Architectural League of New York, and a finalist for MoMA’s 2009 Young Architects Program, and has been selected as the 2010 Design Vanguard by the Architectural Record Magazine and Finalist for the 2010 Iakov Chernikhov Prize.

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Amir Shakib Arslan Mosque Moukhtarah information / images received from L.E.FT


Location: Moukhtarah, Lebanon

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