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dc.contributor.advisorTaylor, Laura
dc.contributor.authorButt, Usama
dc.date.accessioned2021-06-21T01:54:37Z
dc.date.available2021-06-21T01:54:37Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.citationMajor Paper, Master of Environmental Studies, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10315/38344
dc.description.abstractThis paper, reconstructs the earliest urban environments in which Muslims lived with a particular focus on the central (jami) mosque. The term Jami, according to Mohmmed Makki Sibai, is a derivative from either the Arabic verb jama, which means ‘to gather,’ or from the Arabic proper noun juma which means Friday (1987:8), implying in both instances a place where people pray. Yet in early Islam, the central (jami) mosque was more than just a communal prayer space, it was the “veritable hub” (Collins, 2011:17) of the community, addressing their social, political, and educational needs, as I will repeatedly highlight below. Through a morphological analysis of the early Islamic cities such as Medina, Al-Basrah, Al-Kufa, and Al-Fustat, I assess the spatial influence of the central (jami) mosque in early Muslim settlements. Specifically, I analyze the institution’s influence on the orientation of neighbourhoods, layout of streets, and location of the marketplace. In doing so, I highlight the socio-religious significance and importance of the institution for not only the traditional but contemporary Muslim communities as well, who seek to replicate the mosque-based neighbourhood design feature, in the Canadian urban landscape.en_US
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dc.subjectIslamen_US
dc.subjectEcological Knowledge and Consciousnessen_US
dc.subjectSustainable Urban Planningen_US
dc.titleThe Grid in Classical Islamic Urban Design and Its Application in Modern Planningen_US
dc.typeMajor paperen_US


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