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Post-Islamic Classicism : A Visual Essay on the Architecture of Mohamed Makiya - Kanan Makiya

Post-Islamic Classicism

A Visual Essay on the Architecture of Mohamed Makiya

Hardcover Published: 14th February 2001
ISBN: 9780863562952
Number Of Pages: 160

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Metamorphosing 'dead' Abbasid forms into living modern architecture lies at the roots of Mohamed Makiya's classicism as an architect. This essay charts the stages of this metamorphose is from the Khulafa Mosque [1963] and the Kuwait State Mosque [one of the largest in the world] through the vast and visionary schemes for Iraq of the late 1980s. Makiya's formerly complex and nuanced architecture, the author argues, is continuous, harmonious, and celebratory of an Islamic past. It is therefore too innocent, too romantic to be post-modern in its sensibility, nor does it assume the revolution in values that modernism brought in its wake. None the less, many of modernism's discoveries about materials and space making are deployed in an original way. The uneven combination between what is acquired from the modern, and idealized about the past, is what makes Makiya's architectural vision unique, so unlike that of any of his contemporaries. In the final analysis, the architecture's dogged consistency in this regard is the source of its beauty.

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'I regard this book (though never solemn), scholarly, thoughtful and mercifully free from pretentious jargon. It deserves to attract a wider interest than one restriced to the Islamic world.' Sir Hugh Casson, Past President of the Royal Academy of Arts 'Mohamed Makiya has breathed new life into 'Islamic' architecture by integrating its rich heritage with the best of modern culture and technology.' Mohamed Arkoun, Professor of the History of Islamic Thought, Sorbonne, Paris; member of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Steering Committee, and author of numerous books on Islamic civilization 'Mohamed Makiya is an architect of great importance in the Islamic world. His work raises issues of vital interest to professionals.' Charles Correa, Architect, planner, activist and thinker.

Preface
Not an Islamic Architect
'Dead' Sources Transforming the Sources To Be Or Not To Be . .
Appropriating a Tradition
The Khulafa Mosque The Design Meaning in Ambiguity
Inventing a Language
The Kuwait State Mosque The DesignThe Wall Bay Unit
Concrete and Stone
Paying Homage to The Wall
Wall to City Revisited Evolving the Wall Bay Unit
The Wall Become Building
Realizing A Vision
The Baghdad State Mosque
The Non-Monumental Monument
Why Post-Islamic, not Post-Modern?
The Drawing of the Dream Judging the Dream
Acknowledgements
Notes
Projects
Biography of Mohamed Makiya
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ISBN: 9780863562952
ISBN-10: 0863562957
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 14th February 2001
Publisher: Saqi Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 29.5 x 21.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.02
Edition Number: 1

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