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The "Citadel, Town, Suburbs" Model And Medieval Kirman

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A study of old maps and aerial photographs confirms that what we see is pretty much the way Kirman looked in the nineteenth century, except for the broad streets and traffic circles. Two surviving features allow one to locate the royal suburb and possibly also the palace of the Malik. What is discovered is not only a city that fits the &t;model&t; perfectly but also one for which the interaction of these urban elements (citadel, town, suburbs) is clarified. They are all mentioned in the chronicles, so it is possible to study even their evolving roles and ultimate fates. Existing monuments and their traces, geographical features, and toponymy help link this information to fixed points on the ground. This study makes the point that, while models are useful in understanding urban development in the Islamic world, they do not fully explain the course of development in individual cases.

Keywords: citadel; Kirman; Malik; nineteenth century; suburbs; town



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