Lecture: Medinas of the Maghreb and the concept of Islamic city: Between texts and models.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

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On the question of an archetypal model of the Islamic city, several regional scholars and Orientalists have tried to give some answers, each focusing on a specific aspect to the originality of these cities. Some even expressed great skepticism toward the concept of "Islamic city" as an urban ideal of the Muslim world.

The purpose of this lecture is to confront various theoretical conceptions of this issue in order to trace morphological and landscape characteristics of Maghrebi medinas.

The lecture is intended for all audiences interested in the historical development of cities in the Maghreb or Islamic societies more broadly.  No prior knowledge is required. 

Speaker Biography: 
Amine Kasmi is a conservation architect and associate professor at the Department of Architecture, University of Tlemcen, Algeria. He teaches courses and conducts research in the history of urban design with a particular focus on the tensions between modern town planning and traditional urban fabric. His areas of interest also include the interaction between Islamic architecture and other architectures in the medieval Mediterranean world. He worked on numerous urban conservation sites in Algeria as well.

Register: https://libcal.mit.edu/calendar/events/MaghrebiMedinas 

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