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Toward a New Islamic Art and Architecture

Ahmad Hamid

in Hassan Fathy and Continuity in Islamic Arts and Architecture

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9789774163418
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970146 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774163418.003.0004
Toward a New Islamic Art and Architecture

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The new conceptualization of a critical modernity that has emerged from within the writings of Lefebvre, Baudrillard, Latour, and Guy Debordhas brought with it new challenges as well as new potentials. Pluralism stands as a determining factor in the continuity of Islamic art and architecture. Islam's overlapping diversity, inherent in its multiculturalism and practiced through its respect for the hybrid, it reveals a religion of a vernacular cosmopolitanism. “Islamic Architecture” is architectural modernity using cultural repertoires that are conventionally associated with Islamic traditions. This book invokes open-ended questions for the new millennium, addressing the essential objectives of continuity within Islamic art and architecture. At its core, Islamic art and architecture always respected man and his habitat.

Keywords: critical modernity; Islamic Architecture; Islamic art; pluralism; vernacular cosmopolitanism

Chapter.  8716 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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