This is an excellent source for those who have a desire to understand the purpose and importance of the Muslim place of worship; namely, the Mosque. Written in simple, but effective, manner, Dr Khalid Alavi succeeds in identifying the various dimensions to the way a Mosque comes into significance for the Muslim Community in general and for the British Muslims in particular. The book also identifies the key components making-up a Mosque, as well listing some principal references on the Mosque.
This, 3rd edition, has made minor adjustments to the previous version and has a new layout. However, the flow of the discussion is intentionally left in its original form. The book, no doubt, is a valuable manuscript for Muslims and non-Muslims alike who need to understand the role of a Mosque within a Muslim Community.