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In introducing the material of this book and its arrangement, special attention is paid to the fact that we see the city as an organic whole. The study of the city within the Islamic world has had a long history, one that has been recounted and theorized by the late Paolo Cuneo, now updated in Part I, section 1. Included is, of course, a post-colonial critique of several key early works. Nonetheless, it is through the lens of Islamic law, when it was applied to city living, that the special characteristics of the city called &t;Islamic&t; can be discerned, as is elaborated in Part I, section 3. Part I, section 4 lays out some of the details of this inheritance. Thus, the new madinas became that image of Islamic civilization. Part I, section 5 records the phenomenon of new city foundation and its role in developing an Islamic hegemony.

Keywords: city; inheritance; Islamic civilization; Islamic law; organic; Paolo Cuneo



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