Reading the Islamic City: Discursive Practices and Legal Judgment

Reading the Islamic City: Discursive Practices and Legal Judgment

by Akel Isma'il Kahera
     
 

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While it seems clear that the shari’ah had a formative influence on property rights, public space and land use, the primary aim of this book is to study what implications the practice of the Maliki school of Islamic law have for the inhabitants of the Islamic city (madinah).See more details below

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While it seems clear that the shari’ah had a formative influence on property rights, public space and land use, the primary aim of this book is to study what implications the practice of the Maliki school of Islamic law have for the inhabitants of the Islamic city (madinah).

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Craig Anz
Reading the Islamic City: Discursive Practices and Legal Judgment contributes to an ongoing dialog in urban studies in significant ways. It illuminates a rich history of Islamic urban form and civic development, while providing our emergent 21st century world-view with ways to bridge Islamic urban practices with Western ideologies, and to merge various disparities between (mis)understandings as presented in varying forms of discourse or media. Filtering its analysis through Foucault's notion of 'discursive practices,' it reiterates that understandings, social relations, and spatial action are at once negotiated and given legitimization in particular milieus, but also in turn supplying the formative base upon which new epistemes are assembled spatially. It assembles an otherwise disparate, multifaceted subject into a 'continuity of discourse' and presents critical issues underlying collective action and subsequent urban form. It highlights that Islamic urban fabrics, as with many places, are composed within intertextual palimpsests of meaning and necessary relations between discursive points of view. Urban development is viewed as formed epistemically and axiologically, bearing on the coincidence of knowledges, ideals, power, laws, order, practices, social customs, cultural bearings, and religious views. From a historic perspective, the book situates the relations between juridical practices, law, and policies that have long directed building practices and planning, and thus urban inhabitation. At the same time, it acknowledges that local knowledges, self-practices, and communities of knowledge gain affordances toward co-substantiating urban form, through modes that co-inform each other. The book provides an advocate voice for an often under-represented subject in current Western didactics of urban form, so that it can be understood or given meaning in current times. Beyond the construction of cities from functional standpoints, religious or idealistic views also underlie structural form and foster rich notions of tranquility, beauty, equity, and responsibility that go alongside civic urban life. As such it provides a cross-referential vantage point that can guide future city design practices along these lines. General readers of urban studies will benefit from the book's multidisciplinary dialog toward urban development, be it analytical, pedagogical, or application oriented, while researchers interested in the more particular subject matter will greatly benefit from its rigor of scholarly reference and detail.
Sheryl Tucker de Vazquez
With compelling insights into the ethos and power structures of Islam, Reading the Islamic City deftly weaves vivid images taken from poetry, prayers, and paintings through Foucault’s analytical discussion of governmental rule of law to convey a deeply humanistic dimension contained within the rigid dogma of Maliki law that informed the development of the Islamic urban form. Kahera’s interdisciplinary approach to understanding the Islamic city provides not only a very precise and methodical deconstruction of the historic development of the Islamic city, but peels back its complex layering in a very accessible read that reveals Islam to be not simply a religion, but 'a way of being in the world' that informs every aspect of one’s life–including the development of one’s personal dwelling and broader surroundings. This analysis also prompts discussions about the nature and development of one’s own cities and dwelling places and would be of interest not only to religious scholars, but also to architects, urban planners, demographers, economists, and anyone interested in the human race.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739110010
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
12/28/2011
Series:
Toposophia: Sustainability, Dwelling, Design Series
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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