Striking a Balance between Privacy and Guest Hospitality in the Muslim house: a case of the Katsina urban Hausa traditional house



4.0 Conclusion


This paper presents the concept of hospitality in Islam and how guests, visitors, and strangers are received and entertained in a Muslim house without compromising visual and acoustic privacy of family members. Using the Katsina urban Hausa traditional Muslim house as a case study, it is presented here that using the traditional building designs a balance was achieved between hospitality and privacy needs of the family through appropriate architectural design. In addition to identification of architectural elements that affect the privacy of the family, the paper explains how hospitality is achieved at three levels and at three different spatial zones of the Hausa house: unrelated male visitors in the public zone, related male visitors, and other members of the household such as servants, and adolescent children, in the semi-private zone, and finally, related and unrelated female guests, visitors or strangers in the most private zone of the house. It could therefore be stated that the Hausa people have a high level of privacy preference as shown in the house plans. The Hausa people integrate privacy elements of design throughout their building process. This fact is in agreement with extant literature that cultures vary in terms of privacy needs. There is the need therefore to integrate privacy elements of design in any contemporary architectural design of both private and public future house developments.


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