About BIID

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Building Islam in Detroit (BIID) is an interdisciplinary research project that explores the development of mosques and other Muslim institutions in Detroit over the last century. Building is a process that creates not only physical structures, but also new identities and ways of life. The BIID project is especially interested in how these multiple aspects of building have shaped Detroit’s Muslim American communities. Since it began in 2004, over a dozen scholars and artists, and hundreds of area Muslims, have participated in BIID. Our researchers have visited 60 mosques in Greater Detroit, collecting oral histories and archival materials, documenting mosque design and communal events, and interpreting this work through an ongoing program of lectures, scholarly publication, and public exhibitions.

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