13 Jul 2016
Arab Cities, Modernity, and Heritage
Nasser Rabbat is Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT. An architect and historian, his scholarly interests include the historiography of Islamic architecture, art, and cultures, urban history, and post-colonial criticism. He presents architecture in ways that illuminate its interaction with culture and society and stress the role of human agency in shaping that interplay. His books include Thaqafat al Bina’ wa Bina’ al-Thaqafa (The Culture of Building and Building Culture) (Beirut, 2002), Al-Mudun al-Mayyita: Durus min Madhih wa-Ru’an li-Mustaqbaliha (The Dead Cities: Lessons from its History and Views on its Future) (Damascus, 2010), Mamluk History Through Architecture: Building, Culture, and Politics in Mamluk Egypt and Syria (London, 2010). Two books, L’art Islamique à la recherche d’une méthode historique, and al-Naqd Iltizaman (Criticism as Commitment) will be published in the coming year.
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