A Five-Week Course: The Islamic City, Spirit and Identity, Past and Present…

Date: Tuesday March 5, 2019- April 2, 2019

Venue: Aga Khan Centre, London, United Kingdom

In four two-hour-long sessions plus a film evening (hence five sessions in all every Tuesday), this short course will introduce a general audience of non-specialists to the Islamic City, both historic and contemporary. Using the development, rise and present-day trajectories of a range of cities in the Islamic world as examples, the course will explore the following themes:

  • What are Islamic cities, and how have contemporary local architects been inspired by them in their work?
  • What are the intangible aspects of their identities and how do their communities see themselves with respect to their cities and places?
  • What are the civic institutions of Islamic cities, and ideas of patronage past and present?
  • How has pluralism played a part in historic Islamic cities, and how have Muslim communities found a place in the West today?
  • What opportunities and challenges face the preservation of Islamic built heritage?

Each of the four main sessions will be divided into 2 hour-long segments. The first segment will be dedicated to one key theme historically connected to the Islamic city, while the second hour will take up a contemporary issue related to that theme. Most classes will feature a guest specialist.

The film evening will follow a slightly different structure: it will consist of a film screening followed by a discussion.

Click here for more details and Registration.

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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