About ICMA

Is a scientific and professional bi-annual conference focuses on mosque architecture worldwide, this conference is managed by Abdullatif Alfozan Award for Mosque Architecture, it aims to encourage researches on mosque architecture, and it usually addresses various architectural topics on mosques, in which those topics could be philosophical, historical, esthetical, technical, structural, functional or digital.

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Abdullatif Al Fozan Award for Mosque Architecture

Abdullatif Al Fozan Award for Mosque Architecture was established in 2011, it’s targeting the architectural, urban, and technical aspects of mosques all over the world, and It will be awarded to the related designer/architect. The award is triennial; the winning mosques will be awarded based on assessment of an international architectural jurors experienced with mosque architecture, who will relatively evaluate and assign the winning mosques. The candidate mosques will be categorized into three categories; Central Mosques, Jumaa’ Mosques, and local mosques.

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The scientific committee for each version of the international conferences on mosque architecture is usually chosen from researchers and academics with international experience and specialists in mosque architecture, arts and studies, and nevertheless that the membership of the scientific committees is not only limited to architects, but usually it includes researchers in Islamic jurisprudence, structural engineering, religions, philosophy, social sciences, anthropology and history.

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Conference Venue - Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Center

The Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre (JACC), informally known as the Kuwait Opera House, is a cultural center in Kuwait. It is the largest cultural center and opera house in the Middle East The cultural center is part of the new Kuwait National Cultural District. The Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre is a multidisciplinary public space owned by the Amiri Diwan. It offers a range of events in music, theatre, film, conferences, workshops and spoken word.

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ICMA Conference

The First International Conference on Mosques Architecture has been concluded. The conference has been held in co-operation with Abdullatif Al Fozan Award for Mosque Architecture. It has lasted from 5th to 7th December 2016 in the headquarters of Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (former University of Dammam) under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Governor, Eastern Province, and the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, President for Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH); The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Award; may Allah protect them.

The conference has included a speech by Prince Sultan bin Salman, followed by successive sessions and architectural debates, regarding the Sustainability concepts of Mosque Architecture Development.

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A mosque or masjid, in Arabic, is often referred to as a place of worship for the Muslims and is associated with the ritual act of prayer or solat or salah to almighty Allah. The mosque, as a structure, is also described as a religious building, built to serve Muslim men and women, the ummah, not only as a place dedicated to ritual prayers but also as a centre of learning and a place to conduct various activities in sustaining the well-being of the community.

Through this conference, the selected research papers will be presented and discussed intellectually to achieve the ‘practical and scientific’ vision of the future architecture of mosques from the underlying function, design, technology and structures.

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