Transformation in Minarets design at Contemporary Mosque Architecture in Hazara Division, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
Keywords:Mosque architecture, Minaret design, Transformation, modern materials.
Minarets are one of the prominent features of Islamic Architecture among other elements which are in practice in the design of the mosque. It is regarded as an integral part of masjid design. It can be seen in most of the masjids on either a smaller scale or on a monumental scale with the use of innovative design, Techniques, and Materials. In the Hazara division along the historical silk route (Karakoram Highway), the minaret has experienced a visible change in the design, use of material and visual styles. In this paper, prominent minarets having special characteristics like their geometry, detailing, height, materials, aesthetics, workmanship, built in different time periods are selected and analyzed in terms of their general architectural features. Throughout the selected cases are compared to each other and the modifications of forms and functions are studied. Its uniqueness is highlighted with the idea to explore causes for the rapid transformation in the design and outlook of the minarets.
This study claims that a visible transformation has occurred in the design, techniques, and use of modern materials. And this innovation in the design of minarets is basically in the usage of modern materials and techniques with a formal exploration of mosque design.