Architectural and Urban Forms of the Islamic World

This series of lectures aims to present a comparative picture of urban and architectural form across the vast geographical region commonly referred to as the Islamic World. 

Examples from both the so-called ‘high’ and ‘peripheral’ Islamic traditions are presented in the lectures, aiming at providing a thorough understanding of both the distinctiveness and diversity of outlying cultures and their established architectural practices. Alongside examples drawn from the great centres of Islamic culture, such as Aleppo, Cairo, Delhi, Herat and Isfahan, various sites from Oman in the Arabian Peninsula are presented here to highlight the richness of Islamic architecture and urbanism.    

Notions of integrated restoration and rehabilitation, which bring together preservation and developmental concerns, as well as community engagement are addressed in these lectures.

This series of lectures was prepared iby the Centre for the Study of Architecture and Cultural Heritage of India, Arabia and Maghreb (ArCHIAM), based at the University of Liverpool, UK, on behalf of the Education Programme of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC).

The material presented in these lectures was collected from different archival sources, mainly the AKTC and related agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), as well as primary material on Oman held by the ArCHIAM Centre. 

The Aga Khan Documentation Centre, MIT Libraries, was a main archival source, as well as the open access resource

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