ADAPTIVE AND INNOVATIVE FEATURES:
Diverse innovations have occurred in mosque design over the centuries as Islam has spread into new parts of the world and Muslim architectural tastes have changed. In American contexts, mosques have acquired many new features. These include banquet halls, industrial kitchens, classrooms, entire schools, gymnasiums, large parking lots, libraries, and media facilities in which newsletters, websites, and TV programs are produced. It is now common for non-Muslims to visit Detroit’s larger mosques, which offer guided tours and educational workshops for people who want to learn about Islam. Some mosques have reception desks, where guests are welcomed. Some have coffee shops, where people socialize before and after prayers, and gift shops, where visitors can buy souvenirs. In future, several Detroit mosques hope to create small, on-site museums that explore the history of Islam in America.