The ‘Soudanese’ mosque style – belonging to the area known as Western Sudan, is perhaps the best example of a widely adopted sub-Saharan mosque typology. Spanning from the River Senegal to Ghana and the Ivory Coast, clay and organic forms are a key component of these mosques. While the Islamic Architecture inspired by the forms of the Middle East features domes as a key element, the materiality of these clay mosques means that flat roofs are a more appropriate option, with undecorated interiors in contrast to the patterned interiors of mosques such as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul.

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