A Comparative Study of Mosque-Life Between the East and West: The Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH) as a Case Study

Mohammad Husni Abumelhim


This article draws comparison between sociological uses of mosques between the East and West, using ISGH – the largest network of mosques in North America as a case study. Specifically, it highlights how – whereas in the East, mosques are typically solely associated with prayer, contrarily, in the West, mosques are used as centers of familial influence within the community, encompassing not only prayer life but also recreational and social life as well.


Sociology of Islam; Mosques; Masjid; Comparative studies; Mosque theory

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/10722


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