Cleo Cantone

Dr Cleo Cantone is a freelance researcher, translator and writer. She received her BA in Russian at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London in 1993. After converting to Islam, she studied Islamic art and architecture, receiving her Masters at the School of Oriental and African Studies in Art and Archaeology, followed by a PhD at the same university on the theme of Senegalese mosque architecture.

She has published a monograph, Making and Remaking Mosques in Senegal ( as well as a number of papers and chapters on, among other things, women’s space in mosques, colonial architecture and the urban history of Dakar. She is a regular contributor to the Islam Today Magazine and the Guardian Weekly.

Her current interests include the influence of Islam on Western art and architecture and 19th century collections of Islamic art in Britain. She has recently translated and published a book by Le Corbusier ( and is finishing a second Masters in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture at the Warburg Institute in London.


The Mosque of Djenne, Mali Is there such a thing as a stereotypical mosque? Are all mosques necessarily characterised by a minaret, a dome, arches and be decorated with mosaics or stucco? From North Africa to India these elements are the defining features of...