Cities in the Pre-Modern Islamic World: The Urban Impact Of Religion, State And Society

 by Amira K. BennisonCities in the Pre-Modern Islamic World: The Urban Impact Of Religion, State And Society

 by Amira K. Bennison

Cities in the Pre-Modern Islamic World: The Urban Impact Of Religion, State And Society

EditorAmira K. Bennison, Alison L. Gascoigne

Paperback | July 24, 2009

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This volume is an inter-disciplinary endeavour which brings together recent research on aspects of urban life and structure by architectural and textual historians and archaeologists, engendering exciting new perspectives on urban life in the pre-modern Islamic world. Its objective is to move beyond the long-standing debate on whether an ¿Islamic city¿ existed in the pre-modern era and focus instead upon the ways in which religion may (or may not) have influenced the physical structure of cities and the daily lives of their inhabitants. It approaches this topic from three different but inter-related perspectives: the genesis of ¿Islamic cities¿ in fact and fiction; the impact of Muslim rulers upon urban planning and development; and the degree to which a religious ethos affected the provision of public services.

Chronologically and geographically wide-ranging, the volume examines thought-provoking case studies from seventh-century Syria to seventeenth-century Mughal India by established and new scholars in the field, in addition to chapters on urban sites in Spain, Morocco, Egypt and Central Asia.

Cities in the Pre-Modern Islamic Worldwill be of considerable interest to academics and students working on the archaeology, history and urbanism of the Middle East as well as those with more general interests in urban archaeology and urbanism.

Amira K. Bennisonis Senior Lecturer in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge. She has worked extensively on the history of the Maghrib and Islamic Spain. Her list of publications includesJihad and Its Interpretations in Pre-Colonial Morocco(London: Routledge, 2002).Alison L. Gascoigneis the holder of a Briti...
Title:Cities in the Pre-Modern Islamic World: The Urban Impact Of Religion, State And SocietyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.7 inPublished:July 24, 2009Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415553814

ISBN - 13:9780415553810

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionAmira K. Bennison The Genesis of ¿Islamic¿ Cities 2. An Urban Structure for the Early Islamic City: An Archaeological HypothesisDonald Whitcomb 3. The Foundation Legend of Fez and other Islamic Cities in Light of the Life of the ProphetSimon O¿Meara 4. The City of Sultan Kala, Merv, Turkmenistan: Communities, Neighbourhoods and Urban Planning from the Eighth to Thirteenth CenturiesTim Williams Power and the City 5. Power and the City in the Islamic West from the Umayyads to the Almohads  Amira K. Bennison 6. Ceremonial and Sacred Space in Early Fatimid CairoJonathan M. Bloom 7. F¿zk¿h: The Summer Capital of the GhuridsDavid Thomas 8. Fathpur Sikri and Isfahan: The Founding and Layout of Capital Cities in Mughal India and Safavid IranStephen P. Blake The Impact of Religion on Urban Life 9. The Water Supply of Tinn¿ Public Amenities and Private Investments Alison L. Gascoigne 10. Health, Spirituality and Power in Medieval Iberia: The M¿st¿and its Role in Nasrid Granada Athena C. Syrakoy 11. Commerce and Spirituality: The Urbanism of Ridw¿BeyNicholas Warner