The hidden geographies of religious creativity : place-making and material culture in West London faith communities. / Gilbert, David; Dwyer, Claire; Ahmed, Nazneen ; Cuch, Laura; Hyacinth, Natalie.

In: Cultural Geographies, Vol. 26, No. 1, 01.01.2019, p. 23-41.

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The hidden geographies of religious creativity : place-making and material culture in West London faith communities. / Gilbert, David; Dwyer, Claire; Ahmed, Nazneen ; Cuch, Laura; Hyacinth, Natalie.

In: Cultural Geographies, Vol. 26, No. 1, 01.01.2019, p. 23-41.

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Gilbert, David ; Dwyer, Claire ; Ahmed, Nazneen ; Cuch, Laura ; Hyacinth, Natalie. / The hidden geographies of religious creativity : place-making and material culture in West London faith communities. In: Cultural Geographies. 2019 ; Vol. 26, No. 1. pp. 23-41.

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