City Planning According to Islam: The Concept of Environmental, Aesthetic and Social-Based Urban Development
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abstract
Year
2014

Dyayadi, Drs. Tata Kota Menurut Islam: Konsep Pembangunan Kota Yang Ramah Lingkungan, Estetik, Dan Berbasis Sosial. Jakarta: Khalifa, 2008, 294pp.

 

ABSTRACT

 

City Planning According to Islam: the Concept of Environmental, Aesthetic, and Social-Based Urban Development

 

Tata Kota Menurut Islam: Konsep Pembangunan Kota Yang Ramah Lingkungan, Estetik, Dan Berbasis Sosial

 

This small book not only provides an Islamic solution to contemporary life in a city, but also analyses the urban planning from a textual perspective investigating the practices in urban developments focusing on the periods of the Prophet of Islam and Umar ibn Khattab. In this manner, the book has widened the scope of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) by looking into the authentic Islamic epistemology. As a modern work on fiqh, this book is written for intellectuals interested in urban planning from an Islamic perspective. However, the book does not provide an in depth epistemology of fiqh in relation to practical city planning.

 

The author says that Islam provides a perfect teaching, and covers various aspects of urban planning; however, he argues that those responsible for city planning sometimes ignored fiqh when dealing with contemporary urban problems, such as unemployment, poverty, criminality, rubbish disposal, prostitution, slums, sanitation, pandemic diseases, and so on. These topics are discussed using examples from life in Jakarta.

 

The author refers to Prophet Muhammad’s involvement in city development together with his companions, and explains how Caliph Umar ibn Khattab built the cities of Kufa, Basra, Mosul, and Fustat. The writer presents their criteria such as building mosques in the heart of the cities, and choosing specific locations in cities for providing public facilities.

 

According to the writer, Islamic teachings provide answers to all problems related to urban life.

 

The author concludes by discussing housing in Islam and explains that people should choose to live in friendly environments, where healthy living is possible and future generations can thrive.

 

Saifuddin Dhuhri

Translated by Amelia Fauzia

 

Citation
Dhuhri, Saifuddin. “English abstract of 'City Planning According to Islam: the Concept of Environmental, Aesthetic, and Social-Based Urban Development'". Translated by Amelia Fauzia. In Cities as Built and Lived Environments: Scholarship from Muslim Contexts, 1875 to 2011, by Aptin Khanbaghi. 144. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014.
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Muslim Civilisations Abstracts - The Aga Khan University
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Turkey
Language
English
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