Islamic Urban Studies: Historical Review and Perspectives

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Masashi Haneda, Tōru Miura
Kegan Paul International, 1994 - Social Science - 365 pages
"The history of urban studies concerning the Islamic world in terms of theme, motif and methodology is the subject of this innovative work. While previous studies have tended to link the cities of the Islamic world with Islam as a religion and culture in an attempt to understand them as a whole in a unified and uniform way, there have been very few attempts to examine and compare the cities in their diversity of climate, landscape, population and historical background, which is the approach taken here." "The study has two foci. First, it coordinates the main research that has been done since the 19th century in regard to the cities of five regions that came under the sway of Islam comparatively early: the Maghrib (the Western Arab lands), the Mashriq (the Eastern Arab lands), Turkey, Iran and Central Asia. Second, through comparing the history of scholarship regarding the cities of these five regions, it throws light on the issues that have exercised academic concern in urban studies of the Islamic world as a whole to the present, and suggests new perspectives for future work." "Such a survey of the history of scholarship covering the vast area of the Middle East has not been undertaken previously, which speaks of the difficulty and significance of the project. This challenging work, which arises from the large 'Urbanism in Islam: A Comparative Study' project centred on the Institute of Oriental Culture at the University of Tokyo, has been undertaken in the firm conviction that if no attempt is made to consolidate and examine the existing scholarship on the field, it will be impossible to understand truly the cities of the Islamic world. Apart from the unique contribution it makes to Islamic urban studies, the volume has wider applications to the fields of urban studies and history in general."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Haneda Masashi is Professor of Historical Studies at the University of Tokyo.

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