Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/224044
Title: THE APPLICATION OF ISLAMIC URBAN PLANNING OBJECTIVES IN CONTEMPORARY GLOBAL CITIES
Authors: DEBORAH LAURA ISAACS
Keywords: Real Estate
RE
Ong Seow Eng
2015/2016 RE
Issue Date: 8-Jan-2016
Citation: DEBORAH LAURA ISAACS (2016-01-08). THE APPLICATION OF ISLAMIC URBAN PLANNING OBJECTIVES IN CONTEMPORARY GLOBAL CITIES. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The role for and of Islam in urban planning is typically overlooked, misunderstood or misperceived. As such, this study was conducted to investigate the influence of Islamic planning-related objectives in aspiring financial cities, Riyadh (KSA) and Abu Dhabi (UAE), explaining their degree of conformance with a theoretical ideal based on Shari’ah. While these two cities are both religiously conservative and global, the question of how ‘Islamic’ they are as a result of these characteristics is typically not addressed. This is why a model of general Islamic goals and visible features is constructed and utilised for comparison. Furthermore, the roots of contemporary urban form: objective inclusion/exclusion, tend to be overlooked in analysis of visible features. This paper shows that numerous aspects of the built environment in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi could be explained by a re-prioritisation of Islamic objectives, occurring due three basic contextual factors: Modern City Characteristics, Government Type, and Ideology-Identity. Specific regime and economic objectives were also seen to clash with and deprioritise several Islamic features and goals, while quests for global identities have increased conformance with the Islamic ideal for others. The overall conclusion is that objectives, including religious ones, which form the basis of planning must be recognised, and have considerable explanatory power. Rising conformance with the ideal model in later stages also indicates that Islam is compatible with and relevant to modern urban planning.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/224044
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