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The Spatial Organization Of The City

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Here we are concerned only with the Ottoman period so disliked by Orientalists. The entry into the scholarly field of specialists from other disciplines clearly contributed to challenging the theory of the implicit primacy of Islam in studies of the city and to breaking the kind of monopoly established in these studies by specialists in religion. The profound linguistic and cultural unity of the region under consideration, its community of historical destiny over this period, the existence of still widespread remains of the cities of this time all these things give rise for hope that these &t;traditional Arab&t; cities will present sufficient original characteristics for a genuine &t;urban system&t; to be demonstrated. The arguments developed have already called attention to the importance of segregational factors which - with respect to the spatial organization of the traditional Arab city - are simply an expression of the profound inequality of the social structure.

Keywords: Islam; Orientalists; spatial organization; traditional Arab; urban system



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