Cities in the Pre-Modern Islamic World: The Urban Impact of by Amira K. Bennison, Alison L. Gascoigne

By Amira K. Bennison, Alison L. Gascoigne

This quantity is an inter-disciplinary endeavour which brings jointly contemporary examine on facets of city existence and constitution by means of architectural and textual historians and archaeologists, engendering fascinating new views on city lifestyles within the pre-modern Islamic international. Its target is to maneuver past the long-standing debate on even if an ‘Islamic city’ existed within the pre-modern period and concentration as an alternative upon the ways that faith might (or would possibly not) have prompted the actual constitution of towns and the day-by-day lives in their population. It ways this subject from 3 various yet inter-related views: the genesis of ‘Islamic cities’ in reality and fiction; the effect of Muslim rulers upon city making plans and improvement; and the measure to which a non secular ethos affected the supply of public providers.

Chronologically and geographically wide-ranging, the amount examines thought-provoking case reviews from seventh-century Syria to seventeenth-century Mughal India through confirmed and new students within the box, as well as chapters on city websites in Spain, Morocco, Egypt and relevant Asia.

Cities within the Pre-Modern Islamic World might be of substantial curiosity to lecturers and scholars engaged on the archaeology, background and urbanism of the center East in addition to people with extra basic pursuits in city archaeology and urbanism.

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London: Souvenir Press, 1974, 93–148, p. 106. 5 ‘Alc b. Abc Zar‘ al-Fasc, al-AnCs al-muSrib bi-rawP al-qirSAs f C akhbAr mulEk al-Maghrib wa ta”rCkh MadCnat FAs, ‘Abd al-Waqqab b. ), 2nd edn. Rabat: Al-Masba‘a al-Malikiyya, 1999, pp. 45–54 (hereafter cited as RawP al-qirSAs); ‘Alc b. Abc Zar‘ al-Fasc, Rawd Al-KirtAs: Histoire des Souverains du Maghreb et annales de la ville de Fès, trans. Auguste Beaumier. Paris: Imprimerie impériale, 1860; reprint, Rabat: Editions La Porte, 1999, pp. 39–46; ‘Alc alJazna’c, JanA zahrat al-As f C binA” mad Cnat FAs, ‘Abd al-Waqqab b.

Entering the monastery, the caliph al-Mu‘tarim (r. 217–27/833– 42) asks the monks the name of the place. They reply: ‘In our ancient books, we find that this site is called Surra Man Ra’A; that it was the city of Shem (SAm), son of Noah; and that after [many] ages it will be rebuilt at the hand of a resplendent king . . ’ On hearing this prophecy, al-Mu‘tarim swears to build the city, and summons his architects (muhandisEn). 29 As stated above, all the elements of the Fez legend appear in this account: the glorification of the founder, a ‘resplendent king’; the figure of the monk; the scriptural prophecy of the future city; the reversal of a prior state, both undomesticated nature and pre-Islamic ruin;30 and the demarcation of a field of power.

London: Oxford University Press, 1955, xiii–xli; and A. A. Duri, The Rise of Historical Writing among the Arabs, trans. Lawrence I. Conrad. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1983, pp. 33–6. Duri, The Rise of Historical Writing, p. 36. Raven, ‘Scra’, p. 661. W. Montgomery Watt, ‘Ibn Hisham’, EI 2, vol. 3, 800–1, p. 800. ), 2nd edn, 4 vols. Beirut: Dar al-Fikr, 1998, vol. 1, pp. , pp. 80–1. Cf. al-nabarc, Ta”rCkh, series I, vol. 3, pp. , vol. 6, pp. 44–5. A. Abel, ‘Baqcra,’ EI 2, vol. 1, 922–3, p.

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