Islamic Architecture Today and Tomorrow: (Re)Defining the Field
This book brings together established experts, designers, and emerging scholars from the broad world of Islamic architecture to consider the field’s changing nature and continued relevance in our rapidly globalizing context. Reflective essays address the meaning of “Islamic” in built environments, as well as the geographical, chronological, and disciplinary diversity of a dynamic field of study that encompasses far more than medieval mosques and tombs. Essays address the use and interpretation of historic structures and spaces; contemporary design, conservation, and touristic experience; and research, publication, and pedagogical practices.
Looking forward, the volume invites readers to consider built environments in Islamic contexts as integral to global systems from an interdisciplinary and inclusive standpoint. While this volume offers nuanced perspectives on a host of pressing questions, it ultimately aims to advance a necessary and ongoing conversation. The book will have wide appeal among architectural historians, art historians, and other scholars working on material in the traditional Islamic regions of the world (North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia) and beyond, as well as scholars of religion and society.
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Table of Contents:
"Introduction: The Changed and Changing Field of ‘Islamic Architecture’"
Mohammad Gharipour and Daniel E. Coslett
1. Research and Scholarship
"The Study of Islamic Architecture: Reflections on an Expanding Field"
Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom
"Widening the Horizons for the Study of Islamic Architecture"
"Modern Architecture and Colonialism in the Islamic World"
Brian L. McLaren
2. Scope and Scale
"From Garden to Landscape: Lessons from the Taj and the Alhambra"
D. Fairchild Ruggles
"Invisible Geographies in the Study of Islamic Architecture"
"Silencing Palestinian Architectural History in Israel: Reflections on Scholarship and Activism"
"Islamic Architecture in the Americas: Advancing a Transregional and Hemispheric Approach"
Caroline ‘Olivia’ M. Wolf
3. Historiography and Context
"Cultural Encounters, Local Practice, and Historical Process in the Ancient Middle East"
"Neo-Eurocentrism and Science: Implications for the Historiography of Islamic Art and Architecture"
"Carving an Epistemological Space for Southeast Asia: Historiographical and Critical Engagements"
Imran bin Tajudeen
4. Fieldwork and Documentation
"A Field Without Fieldwork: Sustaining the Study of Islamic Architecture in the Twenty-first Century"
"Architectural History in Turkey: Between Fieldwork and Archival Research"
"Documenting Islamic Architecture: Objectives and Outcomes in a Time of War"
Sharon C. Smith
5. Education and Pedagogy
"Reorienting Perspectives: Why I Do Not Teach a Course Titled ‘Islamic Architecture’"
"Decolonizing Architectural Knowledge: Situating Middle Eastern Pedagogies in a Globalizing World"
Ashraf M. Salama
"Educating the Public about Islamic Art and Architecture through Museums"
Sheila R. Canby
6. Curation and Publication
"Displaying Islamic Arts in Global Cities"
"Curating the ‘Islamic’: The Personal and the Political"
Leslee Katrina Michelsen
"Islamic Architecture on the Move: Publishing Architectural History in the Digital Age"
"Illustrating Islamic Architecture: On Visual Presentation and Scholarship"
7. Globalization and Change
"Uneven Geographies and Neoliberal Urban Transformation in Arab Cities"
Rami F. Daher
"Affection for Nouvel Architecture: On Contemporary (Islamic) Architecture and Affect"
"The ‘Islamic-Modern’ Project in this Age of Uncertainty"
8. Experience and Use
"The Tourist Gaze, Visiting Mosques, and the Folds of Architecture"
Elif Kalaycioglu and Waleed Hazbun
"Decolonizing the Conservation of Islamic Built Heritage in Egypt"
"(Dis)Placement and Placemaking: Reconsidering Islamic Architecture through Refugee Agency"
Kivanç Kilinç and Bulent Batuman
9. Practice and Profession
"'Islamic Architecture' and the Profession"
"A Trinity of Values in Architecture for Muslim Societies"
"Relevance, Tradition, and Practice in Islamic Architecture"
Kamil Khan Mumtaz
"Architectural Competitions: Creating Dialogues and Promoting Excellence"