edited by Gül İnanç
“This book you are holding is designed to take you on a sacred journey
through its pages. In fact, it is a journey that all of us take daily, just by walking
along the streets of Singapore.”
Often we are not fully aware of the artistic, diverse and divine features of
more than a thousand houses of worship, which surround us in this small,
culturally diverse city-state. This semi-photobook is a humble attempt to
give 50 of these sacred sands/stones the voice required to share their stories
with us and for us to move a little closer to understanding and appreciating
the art and culture of major faiths being practised both locally and globally.
Complementing the reflections and photography in the book are astute
sketches by renowned Singapore artist, Dr Ho Chee Lick.
Faith In Architecture is conceived as an extended end-result of an
undergraduate course (Faith in Art) offered as an elective at the School of Art,
Design and Media (ADM), Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Dr Gül
İnanç, who wrote and lectures the course, is editor of the book. This book is
supported by the National Heritage Board and School of ADM, NTU.
About the Author
Gül İnanç is a lecturer at the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, offering courses on art through history/history through art. She holds a PhD in modern history from Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey, has written three books, and published various articles on West Asian diplomatic history. Her later work focuses mostly on history, intercultural and global cultural heritage, education for peace, and conflict resolution. She is the first Turkish scholar who has taught at Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot Universities simultaneously. Her current projects include: creating student activity books, animated films, story books, and board games promoting global cultural heritage; deciphering the codes of contemporary Islamic art in the interfaith contexts of the 21st century; and investigating ways to offer university education to the youth of refugee camps. She has been a board member of the Center for Asian Art and Design (CAAD) since 2014. Though deeply engaged in a variety of research projects, teaching remains her foremost passion academically.
“This is book is a worthy project that celebrates the innate human desire for something higher, better and more glorious than mere human existence and the very diverse ways in which this will towards faith in a higher something is expressed.”
—Lee Geok Boi, author
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Dimension: 230mm x 230mm