The Walled Arab City in Literature, Architecture and History: The Living Medina in the Maghrib [NOOK Book]

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This book offers a multidisciplinary approach to the medina, the traditional walled Arab city of North Africa. The medina becomes a concrete case study for comparative explorations of general questions about the social use of urban space by opening up fields of research at the intersection of history, comparative cultural studies, architecture and anthropology. Essays by American, European and North African scholars demonstrate a variety of sources and theoretical approaches now being used in writing historical ...
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The Walled Arab City in Literature, Architecture and History: The Living Medina in the Maghrib

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Overview

This book offers a multidisciplinary approach to the medina, the traditional walled Arab city of North Africa. The medina becomes a concrete case study for comparative explorations of general questions about the social use of urban space by opening up fields of research at the intersection of history, comparative cultural studies, architecture and anthropology. Essays by American, European and North African scholars demonstrate a variety of sources and theoretical approaches now being used in writing historical narratives framed within the city space. They shed light on recent studies by anthropologists regarding social praxis within the urban context, and analyze the urban experience of the medina and the casbah as they are represented in visual and material culture.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Orientalism as Irony in Gerard de Nerval's Voyage en Orient 10
Watering the Garden of Tangier: Colonial Contestations in a Moroccan City 25
The Social Context of Working Equines in the Urban Middle East: The Example of Fez Medina 51
The Role of the Medinas in the Reconstruction of Algerian Culture and Identity 69
Geographies of Jewish Tlemcen 81
Neighbourhood Notes: Texture and Streetscape in the Medina of Tunis 97
Preservation and Self-Absorption: Italian Colonisation and the Walled City of Tripoli, Libya 121
Abstracts 155
Index 159
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