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C. Transformations: Identity, Globalization, And The Contemporary Islamic City

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The phenomenal growth of cities in the Islamic word in the twentieth century has led to the formation of megacities and their concomitant cities within cities. In addition to this, the impact of globalization on local and regional manifestations of urbanization is evident, and in addition to the enormous pressures and changes, physical, social, and economic, the urban-rural distinction is becoming less important, as settlements assume characteristics of both. Here the focus is chosen on what is believed are the most important factors that give character to the contemporary city in Muslim countries. It starts from the macro level of mega-cities and globalization, and work its way to looking at the more localized situations and the living conditions of the poor who constitute a majority in most Islamic cities.

Keywords: contemporary city; globalization; Islamic cities; urbanization

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