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Conceptualizing Islamic architecture

Spahic, Omer (2010) Conceptualizing Islamic architecture. Al-Shajarah , 15 (2). pp. 199-228. ISSN 1394-6870

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In this paper, I will discuss the meaning of Islamic architecture and some of its functions and salient characteristics. The discussion will be divided into the following sections: (1) The meaning of Islamic architecture (2) Islamic architecture as a means, not an end (3) Two examples: the Islamic house and the mosque (4) Pragmatism and Islamic architecture (5) Towards the revival of Islamic architecture. The nature of the paper is conceptual or philosophical, rather than empirical. The paper seeks to enhance the awareness, both of the professionals and general readership, as to the importance of correctly conceptualizing and practicing Islamic architecture. Obviously, this is not a paper written from a pure perspective of architecture. The paper deals with the subject of Islamic architecture as a religious, cultural and civilizational phenomenon deeply rooted in history and its existence and survival closely tied-up with the existence and survival of Islamic society.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2202/3321
Uncontrolled Keywords: Islamic Architecture
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design > Department of Building Technology & Engineering
Depositing User: Omer Spahic
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2012 14:59
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2012 07:28
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/3321

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