New issue of International Journal of Islamic Architecture 6.1

Intellect is delighted to announce the new issue of the International Journal of Islamic Architecture 6.1 is now available.

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Articles within this issue include (partial list):


Developing Discourses on Architecture: Journals Concerned with the Islamic Realm from Mimar to IJIA

Authors: Hasan-Uddin Khan

Page Start: 5


This issue begins with an editorial by Hasan-Uddin Khan, departing from the norm, and adopting a more personal approach to the history and evolution of periodicals that inform, critically evaluate and discuss issues related to architectural cultures of the global(ising) Muslim world. Given enormous shifts in the past decade, it is perhaps a timely moment to reflect and comment on the field as a whole. This editorial thus represents an effort to look back on the history of various publications, and builds on Khan’s long engagement with significant examples since the early 1980s.


(Re)branding a (Post)colonial Streetscape: Tunis’s Avenue Habib Bourguiba and the Road Ahead 

Authors: Daniel E. Coslett

Page Start: 59


Arguably Tunis’s premier public space, the iconic Avenue Bourguiba is today the product of over 150 years of manipulation, regulation and interpretation. Its development can be seen as an early example of thematic place branding, thereby complicating the notion that the widespread phenomenon is an exclusively postmodern and western one. In identifying three potential place-brand labels, this article considers the establishment of the ‘Parisian Colonial’ Avenue by French colonial authorities, its ‘Tunisian Modern’ modification at independence, and its more recent historicist ‘Parisian Global’ refurbishment within the contexts of colonialism, authoritarian governance and globalisation.


Timbuktu in Terror: Architecture and Iconoclasm in Contemporary Africa

Authors: Michelle Moore Apotsos

Page Start: 97


In March 2012, the West African nation of Mali experienced a military coup that paved the way for a regional Islamic coalition known as Ansar Dine to seize control of the northern parts of the country. After imposing a highly conservative form of Islamic governance on the region, Ansar Dine went on to perpetrate numerous violent and devastating acts upon the architectural landscape in and around Timbuktu in the name of that doctrine. Yet the nature of the architectural sites selected for destruction, and the performative, almost ritualistic quality of these processes of erasure, suggest that perhaps the impetus behind Ansar Dine’s actions were less straightforward. This article explores the motivations behind Ansar Dine’s iconoclastic programme in Timbuktu through the lens of the city’s identity as both a historical intersection of global currents and a contemporary site of international heritage. 


Sancaklar Mosque: Displacing the Familiar

Authors: Berin F. Gür

Page Start: 165


Studying contemporary mosque architecture necessitates dealing concurrently with both the past and the present. Burdens of the past cause a crisis at a point when architects attempt to design prayer spaces that avoid historicist references while attending to the religion’s liturgical requirements. This crisis indicates the moment at which architects are forced to become critical of what is preceding, and thus creates a challenging situation in the evolution of mosque architecture. This article takes the Sancaklar Mosque, designed by Emre Arolat Architecture (EAA), as its main object of research in order to assess this challenge.

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