Arabic-Islamic Cities: Building and Planning Principles

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New York, 1986 - Social Science - 192 pages
This is a study in vernacular architecture covering the Middle East and North Africa, particularly concentrating on the interaction between religion and society on the one hand and building practice and city planning on the other. Using various sources, some of which date back to the fourteenth century, the author convincingly contends that building and urban development accomplished within the Arabic-Islamic cultural framework achieved a high level of sophistication.

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Besim S. Hakim, architect and urban designer, has worked as professor/scholar and as a consultant/practitioner. He is Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and Member of the American Institute of Architects. His education in architecture was at Liverpool University, UK, and urban design at Harvard. He has researched and uncovered the underlying processes, rules, codes, and management systems of traditional towns since 1975. This book and subsequent other studies are a result of that work and have been, since its first publication in 1986, influential on numerous studies undertaken in academia and in professional practice.

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