Reading the Islamic City: Discursive Practices and Legal Judgment
Reading the Islamic City offers insights into the implications the practices of the Maliki school of Islamic law have for the inhabitants of the Islamic city, the madinah. The problematic term madinah fundamentally indicates a phenomenon of building, dwelling, and urban settlement patterns that evolved after the 7th century CE in the Maghrib (North Africa) and al-Andalusia (Spain). Madinah involves multiple contexts that have socio-religious functions and symbolic connotations related to the faith and practice of Islam, and can be viewed in terms of a number of critiques such as everyday lives, boundaries, utopias, and dystopias. The book considers Foucault’s power/knowledge matrix as it applies to an erudite cadre of scholars and legal judgments in the realm of architecture and urbanism. It acknowledges the specificity of power/knowledge insofar as it provides a dominant framework to tackle property rights, custom, noise, privacy, and a host of other subjects. Scholars of urban studies, religion, history, and geography will greatly benefit from this vivid analysis of the relevance of the juridico-discursive practice of Maliki Law in a set of productive or formative discourses in the Islamic city.
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ahkam al-Bunyan al-Andalus Al-I’lan bi ahkam Al-Jazna’i Al-Mi’yar al-Qarawiyyin al-Wansharisi Architecture building built century chapter city of Fes city-community concept congregational mosque congregational prayer congregational worship critical custom discourse discursive practices discussion dispute door du’a dwelling effective history environment fatwa framework habitat hadith harm Ibid Ibn al-Rami Ibn Rushd Idris Idris II Idris’s ijtihad Imam Imam Malik inﬂuence inhabitants interpretation intertextual Islamic City Islamic Law juridical jurist Ibn jurist-consult knowledge land law and order legal judgment legal opinion legal practice madhhab madinah Maghrib Makkah Maliki jurists Maliki law Maliki School masjid Medieval Michel Foucault mihrab minbar mosque mufti Muhammad Muslim Norberg-Schulz North Africa noted power/knowledge Press problem Qarawiyyin mosque qarya qiblah qiblah direction qiyas Qur’an reading reﬂect rules self-practices Shari’ah social spatial street types Uqba Uqba ibn Nafi urban verba concepta village wall Zahrat al-As