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The goal of this work is not merely to compare men's and women's prayer spaces but to raise awareness among city stakeholders about the need for high-quality architectural prayer spaces for women, encouraging young women, who are future mothers, to attend the mosque.

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Rethinking Women's Spaces in Algerian Mosques

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Dr. Amina Haouche is currently a temporary teacher at the Department of Architecture at the University of Setif 1. Her primary interests lie in architecture, urban planning, and city professions. With 20 years of experience, she also works as a project lead architect alongside her responsibilities as a teaching researcher at the university. She earned her PhD in Architecture in December 2023 and has numerous publications and scientific communications to her credit. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling.

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In Algeria, mosques play a multifaceted role beyond mere places of prayer; they serve as integral community centers where worship, social interactions, and cultural activities converge. The construction of these mosques hinges significantly on the aspirations and philanthropy of specific benefactors, frequently entrusted to religious organizations or private individuals. Architecturally, newly erected mosques are distinguished by their iconic domes and minarets, which serve as distinctive markers on the skyline and embody intricate ornamentation and symbolic motifs that underscore their cultural and spiritual significance. This emphasis on aesthetics and symbolism often precedes purely practical considerations, reflecting a deep-rooted tradition of architectural craftsmanship intertwined with religious expression in Algerian society . The study aims to examine the reality of the prayer space designated for women in the city of Sétif and to assess its proper functioning. To address this issue, a bibliographic review of Algerian legislation concerning this space since independence was conducted, along with a typological study of women's prayer spaces compared to men's spaces within the same mosque. The study revealed that the women's prayer space, although meeting the requirements of a joint ministerial decree from May 29, 2022, which specifies construction standards for mosques in terms of surface area and equipment, remains inferior to the men's space in terms of location, accessibility for those with reduced mobility, floor height, entrance markings, and quality of lighting, ventilation, and air conditioning. Additionally, the women's space is only open for Friday prayers and closed for the five daily prayers. The goal of this work is not merely to compare men's and women's prayer spaces but to raise awareness among city stakeholders about the need for high-quality architectural prayer spaces for women, encouraging young women, who are future mothers, to attend the mosque.

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