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Defining ‘Islamic’ Urbanity Through A Trans-Regional Frame

Defining ‘Islamic’ Urbanity Through A Trans-Regional Frame The word ‘urbanity’ literally means ‘quality or state of being urban’ where the criterion of urban economic and civic culture is assumed despite the general celebration of cultural uniqueness of urban centers. The narratives celebrating the uniqueness of urban centers since the ancient past till recent times could not get rid of the broad categorization of the urban models depending on their contextual networks of trade, mobility and culture. This paper attempts to explore whether the urban cultures in South Asia even preceding a global phenomenon like colonialism were actually reflecting an idea of urbanity where the urban culture, including planning and architecture reflected a trans-national model. This paper particularly concentrates on the medieval period when a pattern of urbanity took shape in this subcontinent under the influence of Islam, which could be explained by its particular idea of urban model, cultural exchange and vibrant trade networks. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Review of World Histories Brill

Defining ‘Islamic’ Urbanity Through A Trans-Regional Frame

Asian Review of World Histories , Volume 3 (1): 23 – Jun 29, 2015

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2287-965X
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2287-9811
DOI
10.12773/arwh.2015.3.1.113
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Abstract

The word ‘urbanity’ literally means ‘quality or state of being urban’ where the criterion of urban economic and civic culture is assumed despite the general celebration of cultural uniqueness of urban centers. The narratives celebrating the uniqueness of urban centers since the ancient past till recent times could not get rid of the broad categorization of the urban models depending on their contextual networks of trade, mobility and culture. This paper attempts to explore whether the urban cultures in South Asia even preceding a global phenomenon like colonialism were actually reflecting an idea of urbanity where the urban culture, including planning and architecture reflected a trans-national model. This paper particularly concentrates on the medieval period when a pattern of urbanity took shape in this subcontinent under the influence of Islam, which could be explained by its particular idea of urban model, cultural exchange and vibrant trade networks.

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Asian Review of World HistoriesBrill

Published: Jun 29, 2015

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