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dc.contributor.authorHunter, Teresa Irene, 1950-
dc.creatorHunter, Teresa Irene, 1950-en_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-03-28T10:33:45Z
dc.date.available2013-03-28T10:33:45Z
dc.date.issued1989en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/277235
dc.description.abstractArchitectural historians have always seen the Islamic city and Islamic house as unsystematic in design and layout. In this work I show that there is a basic spatial symbolism predating, and then adopted by, Islam, based on three major concepts. The first is that there is a residual notion of center as something sacred; secondly that instead of dichotomies or binary oppositions space in Islamic architecture is a continuum and lastly that the center of the center, whether or not it has any visible symbolism, (fountain for example) is an axis mundi, or vertical axis to the heavens. These features are seen not just in urban and housing designs, but also in mosques, madrassas, and garden layouts.
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.subjectIslamic architecture -- Middle East.en_US
dc.subjectIslamic civilization.en_US
dc.titleThe concept of center as a cultural manifestation of Islamic ideals as translated into architectureen_US
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dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.identifier.oclc22842279en_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
dc.identifier.proquest1339271en_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAnthropologyen_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b17509750en_US
refterms.dateFOA2018-06-24T15:46:02Z
html.description.abstractArchitectural historians have always seen the Islamic city and Islamic house as unsystematic in design and layout. In this work I show that there is a basic spatial symbolism predating, and then adopted by, Islam, based on three major concepts. The first is that there is a residual notion of center as something sacred; secondly that instead of dichotomies or binary oppositions space in Islamic architecture is a continuum and lastly that the center of the center, whether or not it has any visible symbolism, (fountain for example) is an axis mundi, or vertical axis to the heavens. These features are seen not just in urban and housing designs, but also in mosques, madrassas, and garden layouts.


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