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Dr Djamel Boussaa


Dr Djamel Boussaa is at present an assistant Professor at the university of Qatar. He worked at both universities of United Arab Emirates and Bahrain as a lecturer. He is originally from Algeria where he worked also as a teacher of architecture and a director of students affair at the department of Architecture, University of Blida.

He is interested in architectural and urban preservation in the Islamic world and has published several papers in this field.

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Dr Zeynep Aygen

Dr Zeynep Aygen is Turkish architect who graduated from Architect Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University  and Technical University of Istanbul. At prresent she is  Principle Lecturer at the School of Environmental Design and Management.   Her  Present position is Course Leader for  MSc in Historic Building Conservation and MSc in Heritage and Museum Studies.  University of Portsmouth, Portland  Building,  Portland Street,  Portsmouth PO1 3AH

Email:  zeynep.aygen@port.ac.uk 

Dr Saleh Al-Hathloul


Dr. Saleh Al- Hathloul is a Saudi Arabian educator and a critic in the field of Architecture and Urbanism with interests in the epistemology of knowledge, the general issues of structural changes in society, and futurist studies; has B.Arch from King Saud University 1972,  an MAUD from Harvard University, 1975 and a Ph.D. in Architecture and Environmental Studies from MIT, 1981. He was chairman of the Department of Architecture at King Saud University, Riyadh between 1981and 1984; chairman of the board of Al-UMRAN ( Saudi Society for Architects and Planners) since its inception in 1989 till 1993.

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About Us

Since the turn of the last century, the themes of “Islamic/Muslim architecture and city” have been a subject of growing interest of scholars and professionals alike. However, they are increasingly becoming a matter of controversy among the proponents and deniers. On the one hand, there is no evidence that the doctrine of Islam comprises, dictates or recommends a certain type of architecture or a model of city. On the other hand, one cannot deny the effects of the Islamic doctrine, direct or indirect, on the formation of arts and architecture, and on the foundation of cities.

Another aspect of this debate relates to the time-space factor. While some scholars consider “Islamic/Muslim architecture and city” as past and thus, a matter of history, others believe that the omnipresence of Islam in the current scenes of our life, concurrently with the role of cultures, must cast its shades on the various disciplines of the built environment.

The paradigm of the website therefore revolves around the following questions: Is there any Impact of Islam, as a religion, a way of life and a civilization on the built environment? If so, to what extent does it prescribe, shape or influence the appearance and functioning of the built environment.

Medinanet.org is a platform that aims to initiate, enrich and nurture debates around this paradigm through the analysis of the impact of Islam on the sciences of the city such as arts, architecture, urbanism, landscape and engineering.

The site is non-governmental, non-profit and international in its outlook, with programs dedicated to the advancing of human knowledge and sciences.

Medinanet.org is developed as a forum for architects, urban planners, designers and artists that are interested in Islamic/Muslim architecture, traditional Islamic/Muslim cities, built heritage in the Muslim world, the present and the future of cities and architecture in the light of Islamic message and thought. It is not intended to be exclusively for Muslims, and is open to all scholars interested in the site’s philosophy and paradigm.

Through the advancements in Internet technology, Medinanet.org has the facility to allow global access to a new database, including source materials and an online community of scholars and contributors. It also helps contributors to interact, exchange and share ideas, experiences and materials in the different domains of the built environment.

Suggestions for the improvement of this site are most welcome.

Welcome

Since the turn of the last century to nowadays, the theme of “Islamic architecture/City” has been subject to a  growing interest of scholars and professionals. It is however becoming  a matter of controversy among the deniers  and the defenders. On the one hand, there is no evidence that  the doctrine of Islam comprises, dictates or recommends a certain type of architecture or a model of city. On the other hand, one cannot deny its effect on the formation of arts and architecture, and the  foundation of cities.

Another aspect of this debate regards the time span of this theme. While some scholars consider “Islamic Architecture/city” as past and thus, a matter of history, others believe that the omnipresence of Islam in the current  scenes of our life, within which and at least culture, must have its shades on the various disciplines of the built environment. 

The paradigm of the website  therefore evolves around the following question(s): Is there any Impact of Islam, as a religion, a way of life and a civilization on the Built Environment? If so, to what extend it dictates, shapes or influences the built environment.

Medinanet, is a platform that aims at initiating,  enlarging and nurturing   the  debate around this paradigm through the analysis of the Impact of Islam on the Sciences of the City such as Arts, Architecture, Urbanism, Landscape and  Engineering.

The site  is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-ethnic  and international, with programmes dedicated to the contribution to, and  advancement of human knowledge and sciences.

Medinanet  is developed as a forum for architects, urban planners, designers and artists that are interested in Muslim Architecture, traditional Muslim Cities, built heritage  in the Muslim world, the Present and the Future of cities and architecture in the light of Islamic thought. It is not intended to be exclusively  for Muslims and  is open to all scholars that are interested in the paradigm of the site.   

Through the advancement in Internet technologies, Medinanet  has the facility to allow global access to a new database, including source materials and an online community of scholars and contributors. It helps also contributors  to interact,  exchange and share ideas, experiences and material in the different domains of the built environment.

Suggestions for the improvement of this site are most welcome.