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Law And The City

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This contribution on the law and the city is about the interaction of societal values - which in Islamic culture are directly rooted in religion - with decision-making, the production process, and the resulting built form. The context of the discussion is holistic, beyond the building scale, to produce a clear understanding of the relationship of the part to the whole, the building to its immediate surroundings and to the urban scale. An understanding of the reciprocal effects of the overall built environment is crucial to a comprehension of architecture and the city in the context of Islamic culture. This contribution is concluded with two discussions. The first assumes that the traditional system offers a great deal to learn from for our contemporary period and for the future. The second suggests numerous areas for further research that are necessary to develop our knowledge and understanding of the workings of the traditional system.

Keywords: architecture; city; Islamic culture; law; traditional system



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