Kenangan Palace Image in Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia, built in 1926. It today houses the Royal Museum of Perak.

A Conceptual Framework for Sustainability in Islamic Architecture

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer International Islamic University Malaysia E-mail: spahico@yahoo.com (An austere mosque in Ghardai’a, Algeria.) Abstract This paper discusses a conceptual framework for sustainability in Islamic architecture. Some major segments of such framework are elucidated along the theoretical, or philosophical, rather than empirical, lines. Firstly, the need for sustainable architecture is outlined. That […]

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The Form and Function of the Prophet’s Mosque during the Time of the Prophet (pbuh)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer International Islamic University Malaysia E-mail: spahico@yahoo.com Abstract When Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) migrated from Makkah to Madinah, the first and immediate task relating to his community building mission was constructing the city’s principal mosque. Every other undertaking, including building houses for the migrants a majority of whom were poor and practically […]

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Let’s Examine Our Relationship with the Qur’an

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer International Islamic University Malaysia E-mail: spahico@yahoo.com The Qur’an was revealed by Almighty Allah through Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to mankind to bring them out of the disorienting and debilitating darkness of falsehood, ignorance and superstitions to the light and radiance of truth, guidance and proper erudition. The Qur’an is the only […]

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Image of The northern and northwestern areas designated to be absorbed by the latest Holy Mosque expansion after they were demolished and cleaned up

The Latest Expansion of al-Masjid al-Haram and the Case of Shamiyyah

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer International Islamic University Malaysia E-mail: spahico@yahoo.com   (Shamiyyah was one of the neighborhoods pulled down to make way for the latest Holy Mosque expansion. It lied north and slightly northwest of the Ka’bah, occupying significant segments of the Qu’ayqi’an range of hills. Pictures courtesy of the Omraniyoun Company) The late Custodian […]

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Image of The crown of a marble pillar from a colonnade or an arcade of al-Masjid al-Haram dating back to the Ottoman period.

Al-Masjid al-Haram from the Era of al-Khulafa’ al-Rashidun (Rightly-Guided Caliphs) to the Saudi Expansions

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences International Islamic University Malaysia E-mail: spahico@yahoo.com A section of al-Masjid al-Haram built by the Ottomans before it was demolished as part of the latest and grandest Saudi expansion of the Mosque.    After the epoch of al-Khulafa’ al-Rashidun (rightly-guided Caliphs) and until […]

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Lessons from the First Two Expansions of al-Masjid al-Haram

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences International Islamic University Malaysia E-mail: spahico@yahoo.com The latest Saudi expansion of al-Masjid al-Haram is estimated to last till 2020. When completed, the Mosque will have a capacity to accommodate as many as two million worshippers. The expansion is tipped as the project of the […]

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