AbstractsPhilosophy & Theology

Towards Islamic Architecture: An Attempt to Understand Architecture from an Islamic Perspective

by Abdullah M Alsharif

Institution: Savannah College of Art and Design
Year: 2016
Keywords: Thesis (M.Arch.)  – Architecture; Savannah College of Art and Design  – Department of Architecture
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2135189
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Works cited: pages 201-203. 'Although hundreds of publications write about Islamic Architecture, most of them end up writing about Muslim Architecture. How fascinating the domes height are in Ottoman architecture, how great those architectural innovations are in Persian architecture, or even how beautiful Arabesque Art is. All of the above are amazing examples of art, architecture, and details done by different Muslim civilizations. Each one of those civilizations have their own atmosphere, topography, and technologies that resulted in their own unique architecture style. Ideally, all Muslim Architecture follows the pure, true Islamic Architectural concepts. Those concepts should be integrated in the design alongside their magnificent style to create a huge impact on Islamic culture and architecture. Unfortunately, most Muslim architecture reflects styles that were inspired by older civilizations. They developed those styles by using technologies that existed at their time. In fact, Islamic Architecture is a concept which reflects pure Islamic soul, not a physical style that has been adopted to people’s tastes. Islamic architecture is derived from real Islamic principles which affect people’s daily lifestyle. Those principles could be translated to architectural contents that can be adapted for any time or place.' Keywords: Islamic architecture, Muslim architecture, sustainability, functionality, simplicity, beauty, society, individual's utility, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Ribat Advisors/Committee Members: CHAIR: Varland, Julie Rogers, Guess, Alice, Al madani, Alaa.