Islamic architecture and the prospect of its revival today / Spahic Omer

Omer, Spahic (2011) Islamic architecture and the prospect of its revival today / Spahic Omer. Jurnal Intelek, 6 (1). ISSN 2231-7716


This paper discusses the meaning of Islamic architecture and some of its salient characteristics. The discussion is divided into the following sections: (1) What is Islamic architecture?; (2) Islamic architecture as a means, not an end; (3) Two examples: the Islamic house and the mosque; (4) Pragmatism and Islamic architecture today; (5) Towards the revival of Islamic architecture. The paper seeks to enhance the awareness, both of the professionals and general readership, as to the importance of correctly conceptualizing and practicing Islamic architecture. The nature of the paper, along with its content, methodology and conclusions, is conceptual and philosophical, rather than empirical. The paper concludes that Islamic architecture is an architecture that embodies the message of Islam. It both facilitates the Muslims’ realization of the Islamic purpose and its divine principles on earth, and promotes a lifestyle generated by such a philosophy and principles. At the core of Islamic architecture lies function with all of its dimensions: corporeal, cerebral and spiritual. The role of the form is an important one too, but only inasmuch as it supplements and enhances function


Item Type: Article
CreatorsID Num. / Email
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > Islamic architecture. Moorish architecture
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > Mosques
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Perlis > Arau Campus
Journal or Publication Title: Jurnal Intelek
Journal: UiTM Journal > Jurnal Intelek
ISSN: 2231-7716
Volume: 6
Number: 1
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Item ID: 32054
Uncontrolled Keywords: Islamic architecture, Islam, Muslims, the Islamic house, the mosque, form and function


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