The Mosques of New York was a collaborative project aimed at documenting the mosques that each of the city’s Muslim communities has built at its center. Its goal was to highlight the ways in which these buildings reflect and create identities for Muslims within a dense and diverse urban fabric. The project reflected a desire to defuse a polarized image of Islam as an alien culture, while documenting the emergence of an American Muslim architectural identity. Headed by Professor Jerrilynn D. Dodds and photographer Edward Grazda, and including a team of young Muslim architects, The Mosques of New York compiled testimonies of builders and users of mosques, analysis of the spaces and images they create and photo documentation of a community occupying and transforming that architecture to explore these issues.