A Legal Aesthetic of Medieval and Pre-Modern Arab-Muslim Urban Architectural Space

Simon O’Meara

Abstract


Despite growing scholarly awareness of an historical element of Islamic law concerning the regulation of the medieval and pre-modern Arab-Muslim medina’s architectural environment, a clear statement regarding the history, genealogy, nature, and reach of this element has yet to be made. The present article provides such a report and proposes that this element of Islamic law (fiqh al-bunyān) be considered a discourse that established a legal aesthetic of architectural space and contributed towards the replication of the medina environment.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5617/jais.4594

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