1st Edition

Traditional Islamic Principles of Built Environment

By Hisham Mortada Copyright 2003
    208 Pages 73 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    212 Pages
    by Routledge

    Written with the non-Muslim reader in mind, this book analyses the principles and values established by Islamic tradition to govern the social and physical environments of Muslims.
    The picture of Islam that emerges from this work is of a way of life with social ideals. Relying on the Qur'an and Sunna , the basic sources of Islamic law, and using examples of the built environment of early Muslims in North Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Central Asia, the author explains how following these ideals can create an urban environment that responds to social and environmental variables.Islamic views on the controversial issue of modernisation are also examined.
    This book will be of interest to people in the fields of urban planning, architecture, sociology, anthropology, housing and built environment, as well as Islamic studies.

    Introduction  1. The Tradition of Islam and Its Law  2. The Traditional Islamic Framework: Its Principles and Dimensions  3. The Traditional Islamic Physical Framework: Its Principles and Dimensions  4. Islam and Modernisation: Principles vs. Materials  Notes and References  Bibliography


    Hisham Mortada is an educator and a critic in the field of urban planning and architecture, with interest in traditional Muslim cities, socio-cultural changes and currently sustainable living. He received a Masters degree in Architecture from Pennsylvania State University, USA in 1988 and a Ph.D. in Architecture from Edinburgh University, UK in 1992. He currently teaches architecture and urban planning at King Abdul Asiz University, Saudi Arabia.