Informal Place-Making: Mosques, Muslims, and Urban Innovation in Germany

  • Petra Kuppinger


Islam, Muslims, and mosques are controversial topics in European public debates. Less attention is given to what Muslims and their communities have contributed to European cities as they have introduced new spaces and spatial practices and have reshaped urban spaces. This chapter examines the largely unplanned and informal spatial and cultural creativity of a mosque complex in Stuttgart, Germany. It analyzes how this complex evolved over two decades into a uniquely vibrant social, cultural, and economic center. Informal transformations quickly transcended the boundaries of the complex as more businesses were attracted by its vibrant spaces and successful businesses. Introducing exemplary spaces, this chapter explores the informal creation of popular urban spaces centered on a mosque as an instance of faith-based urban innovation. Islam as a religion is situated in the realm of urban creativity.


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  • Petra Kuppinger
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  1. 1.Monmouth CollegeMonmouthUSA

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