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Title:Crisis in the built environment: the case of the Muslim city
Editors:Akbar, JamelISNI
Shaw, JudithISNI
City of publisher:Singapore
Publisher:Concept Media
ISBN:9971848694; 9004087575; 9004087583
Geographic term:Islamic countries
Subjects:land tenure
urban areas
Islamic law
urban planning
Abstract:In the traditional Muslim settlement, owners and users enjoyed maximum control over the built environment which led to maximizing the best use of available space and resources. The environment was shaped through mutual agreement and time-tested conventions, with minimal intervention from authorities. A different pattern of responsibility exists in the contemporary Muslim city. Control is vested in the government, which maintains an orderly state of affairs through proliferating regulations. This has resulted in many unforeseen and often disastrous consequences. In this book the author delineates the principles that shaped the traditional Muslim environment by investigating traditional and contemporary legal systems, the decisionmaking process, cases of disputes among neighbours, territorial structures and conventions. Using a constructed model of responsibility (a synthesis of two concepts, the concept of claims and the concept of parties), he traces the claims of ownership, control and use and evaluates the contemporary built environment. The main argument is that without understanding mechanisms such as control, one cannot understand the built environment and thus cannot design it.