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The Sub-Saharan City: Rules And Built Form

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This case study from sub-Sahara Africa examines the rules that were followed by all parties concerned with decisions affecting the built environment, particularly at the neighbourhood level. The material presented is derived from manuscripts written during the Sokoto Caliphate in the nineteenth century. The built form example is from the traditional historic area of Zaria city in Northern Nigeria. By understanding the rules and the issues they addressed, it is possible to appreciate how they affected the outcome of the built form, as shown by the selected example from Zaria of numerous compounds forming a neighbourhood cluster. Thus, when we speak of the Islamic city as an urban form, we are pointing to the linkages between societal values and built form that are the essence of how culture is reflected in the man-made world of art, architecture, and urbanism. Also includes descriptions of the framework of rules of decision making.

Keywords: decision making; rules of decision making; Sokoto Caliphate; sub-Sahara Africa; urban city; Zaria



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