Interpreting an Islamic heritage building : a case study of Jamia Mosque
Abstract of dissertation entitled
"Interpreting An Islamic Heritage Building: A Case Study Of Jamia Mosque"
WAN Shuk Yuen, Karen
For the degree of Master of Science in Conservation at The University Of Hong Kong
In October 2004
The importance of interpretation for heritage buildings has not been recognized here in Hong Kong. Many heritage buildings which are open to the public would have a higher value to the community if they have been properly interpreted. The more the community understands a building, die more they will treasure it, and hence make the building more sustainable as a heritage resource for Hong Kong. On the other hand, poor interpretation and presentation not only weakened the attractiveness of these heritage buildings, but also put them into the risks of their true cultural significance being eventually diminished.
Jamia Mosque, a Grade I historic building, is one of the most neglected heritage buildings in Hong Kong. This oldest standing Islamic building in Hong Kong has strong cultural significance. However, except for the Muslim community, few people know about it. Ignorance of non-Muslims about this foreign religion stops them from approaching it. For those who are attracted by its distinctive architectural style have hesitations in exploring it in detail due to lack of signage and device to bring them closer.
This study will first look at the cultural significance and the present interpretation of Jamia Mosque. Details of Jamia Mosques will then be carefully looked at and interpreted. It will also attempt to give creative ideas for proper interpretations.
School:The University of Hong Kong
School Location:China - Hong Kong SAR
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:mosques china hong kong conservation and restoration
Date of Publication:01/01/2004