Introduction - Analyzing the City/Historiography/Is there an Islamic City/or who invented urban design...?
Discuss class content and themes; colonialism, orientalism and medievalism, what do these concepts mean, how do they effect the way we understand and interpret history? What sort of history are we going to do here?
Read: excerpt from Kostof survey (click link), Abu-Lughod, Janet, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Islamic City Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Historic Myth, Islamic Essence and Contemporary Relevance,Ã¢â‚¬Â International Journal of Middle East Studies 19, no. 2 (1987): 155-76, (click link) and Trachtenberg, part I (on reserve) (click link)
Recommended reading: RattÃƒÂ©, pp. 1-15 (on reserve)
Pdfs of Assigned Reading:
Abu-Lughod, "The Islamic City..."
excerpt from S. Kostof, History of Architecture