New Islamic Urbanism

The Architecture of Public and Private Space in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Stefan Maneval

ISBN: 9781787356429

Publication: December 02, 2019

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Since the dawn of the oil era, cities in Saudi Arabia have witnessed a rapid growth and profound societal changes. As a response to foreign architectural solutions and an increasing popularity of Western lifestyle, a distinct style in architecture and urban planning emerged. Characterised by an emphasis on privacy protection through high enclosures, gates, blinds, and tinted windows, 'New Islamic Urbanism' constitutes for some an important element of piety. For others, it enables alternative ways of life, banned social practices, as well as the formation of publics and counterpublics.

Tracing the emergence of 'New Islamic Urbanism', this book sheds new light on the changing conceptions of public and private space in the Saudi city of Jeddah in the twentieth century. It challenges the widespread assumption that the public sphere is exclusively male in Muslim contexts such as Saudi Arabia, where women’s public visibility is limited by the wearing of a veil and strict rules of gender segregation. Stefan Maneval provides a nuanced account of the negotiation of public and private spaces by men and women in Saudia Arabia and shows that the rigid segregation regime for which the country is known serves to constrain the movements of men and women alike.

Stefan Maneval holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from Freie Universität Berlin. For his research, he received funds from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Orient-Institut Beirut/Max Weber Foundation, and the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). He is co-editor of Muslim Matter (with O. Kasmani, 2016, Berlin: Revolver Publishing), a photo book documenting the diversity of everyday Muslim life and material culture, and author of several articles on Saudi Arabia. Living in Berlin, he is currently affiliated with Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, where he investigates contemporary Theology of Religions from Lebanon.

1. A Brief History of Jiddah in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
2. Public and Private Space in Jeddah in the first half of the Twentieth Century
3. The Transformation of Urban Space in the Early Oil Era, 1950s and 1960s
4. Architecture and Religious Reform: Architectural Discource from the 1970s to the 1990s
5. Residential Architecture, from the 1970s to the Early Twenty-First Century
6. Navigating Urban Space: Jeddah, Early Twenty-First Century
7. Conclusion

Format: Open Access PDF

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Copyright: © 2019

ISBN: 9781787356429

Publication: December 02, 2019

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