Prayer house or cultural centre? Restoring a mosque in post-socialist Armenia

  title={Prayer house or cultural centre? Restoring a mosque in post-socialist Armenia},
  author={Tsypylma Darieva},
  journal={Central Asian Survey},
  pages={292 - 308}
ABSTRACT Post-socialist urban dynamics in the Caucasus have been characterized by uneven processes of rebuilding and reclaiming of sacred spaces. Exploring re-emerging Shia Muslim lifestyles in post-conflict Armenia around Yerevan's Blue Mosque, I examine how a religious place is perceived and used in everyday life. Built at the end of the eighteenth century in a multi-religious environment, today the Blue Mosque is associated with the political body symbolizing the recent Iranian–Armenian… Expand
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