New Master-Planned Cities, Islam, and Identity
This book explores the diverse ways in which Islam as a religious philosophy currently shapes urban planning ideas. Focusing on cities in Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia, chapters revealing the vitality and variety of Muslim societies in their engagement with the design of master-planned cities. The book examines the intersection of ideology and urban design, comparing how rulers have used planned cities in diverse regions to demonstrate strength and create an orchestrated sense of national identity. In contrast to the widespread assumption by that master-planning at the city scale can be understood solely as a secular and technical enterprise, this book reveals that the Muslim imaginary remains vital in new master-planned city projects.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Sarah Moser Section 1: Seats of political power 2. A new Islamic capital for multicultural Malaysia Sarah Moser 3. Islam and a post-Soviet nation: Astana the new capital of Kazakhstan Igor Demchenko 4. Hyperbolic symbols of religion and culture in the new capital of Johor, Malaysia Imran bin Tajudeen 5. Touba: A new Sufi city emerges in West Africa Eric Ross 6. Dompak, Islam, and the construction of a new identity in a new Indonesian provincial capital Alyssa Wilbur and Sarah Moser Section 2: Entrepreneurial cities 7. Delirious Istanbul: The rhetoric of nation and Islam in building consent for new city building Bülent Batuman 8. Rawabi: Hope for a Palestinian Future? Miriam Dreiblatt 9. Private, corporate, and Muslim: Waterfall City, South Africa Martin J. Murray 10. King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia: Local values and norms meet global aspirations Tiffany Obser 11. (Dis)engaging with Islam: African nationalism, a new brand for Morocco’s master planned cities? Laurence Côté-Roy 12. Afterword - Directions for future research Sarah Moser
Dr. Sarah Moser, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Associate Member, School of Urban Planning, Director, Urban Studies Program, McGill University, Canada