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Geometry, Spirituality, and Symbolism: A Study in lslamic Art and Architecture

PhD project by Mhlea Mania Capruta This research investigates the symbolic and spiritual aspects of Islamic art and architecture. Its main aim is to introduce a renewed understanding of Islamic geometry by interpreting selected Sufi notions concerning being and manifestations from a Heideggerian hermeneutical perspective. It constructs its interpretation against a historical reading of the […]

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Space, Place, and Imagination in the Arabic-Islamic Tradition

PhD project by Kinda Tabbaa Kinda’s research interests include the history and theory of landscapes and cities, Arab- Islamic landscape architecture, and the concepts of “space” and “place” in the Arab- Islamic tradition. Kinda’s recent works have focused on landscape representation in 17th and 18th century Arabic travel writings, landscape education in the Arab world, and […]

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Maps and Meanings: Urban Cartography and Urban Design

PhD project by Julie Nichols Julie currently researches in the fields of urban history, urban cartography and contemporary urbanism. Her doctoral study, Maps and Meanings: Urban Cartography and Urban Design, is a comparative study of an historical trajectory of the changing role of the map from pre-modern to modern times. The emergence of the concept of […]

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A Study of Three Gateway Cities: Istanbul, Lucknow and Aleppo

PhD project by Elise Kamleh  This study is concerned with architectural exchange in Eurasia. The project challenges Eurocentric representations of the built environment of West and South Asia as being in decline in the 18th century due to the influences of European architecture. Inspired by the writing of world systems theorists who make a convincing case […]

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The Rationale of Architectural Discourses in Post-Independence Egypt A Contrapuntal Reading of Alam AI-Benaa (1980-2000)

PhD project by Marwa Moustata El-Ashmouni This research aims to historicise the evolution of post-independence Egyptian architecture throughout the modern history in the twentieth century. It seeks to analyse the rationale of the local architectural discourse amid the international theories and discourses.  The discourse rationale will be discerned in view of its subjects, events, and sentiments […]

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