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There was a Priest, a Rabbi and an Imam...: an analysis of urban space and religious practice in London's East End, 1685-2010

Kershen, A; Vaughan, LS; (2013) There was a Priest, a Rabbi and an Imam...: an analysis of urban space and religious practice in London's East End, 1685-2010. Material Religion , 9 (1) 10 - 35. 10.2752/175183413X13535214684014. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between patterns of immigrant settlement and religious practice in the East End of London over the past 350 years. It questions what needs religious attendance satisfied for the incomer and additionally examines the role played by the religious organization; variously as centre for charitable support, locus of social organization in an ‘alien’ culture, bridge between cultures and source of economic opportunity. Using the combination of historical investigation and spatial analysis - applying space syntax methods of mapping networks of movement and patterns of settlement - the paper sheds light on the interconnections between the various roles of the chapel, small synagogue and mosque in this area of first settlement. The paper ends with a discussion regarding the way in which configuration of public space transforms the individual migrant identity. The paper concludes that places of worship satisfy a variety of needs in the life of the migrant and that over time religious need and external practice change - some becoming more, and some becoming less - in tune with those of the host society.

Type: Article
Title: There was a Priest, a Rabbi and an Imam...: an analysis of urban space and religious practice in London's East End, 1685-2010
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.2752/175183413X13535214684014
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.2752/175183413X13535214684014
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief on 04/2015, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/175183413X13535214684014
Keywords: London, Community, Synagogue, Church, Mosque, Settlement, Space syntax, Immigrants
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1363358
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