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dc.contributor.advisorStanford Anderson.en_US
dc.contributor.authorAbu-Hantash, Tawfiq Fen_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-05T13:52:55Z
dc.date.available2012-06-05T13:52:55Z
dc.date.copyright1989en_US
dc.date.issued1989en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/71076
dc.descriptionThesis (M.S.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 1989.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 78-80).en_US
dc.description.abstractThis essay is an application of Ibn Khaldun's theories of culture and civilization to a study of the physical formation of medieval Cairo . The study is based on the premise that the city is an historical process governed by an underlying set of cultural conditions. Those conditions manifest themselves in the physical form of the city. Ibn Khaldun formulated his theories as tools for investigating the nature of social phenomena. He considered such investigation a necessary step towards understanding and recording the historical events. His concept of history, stated in the first part of this study, is based on a cyclical pattern of cultural change which leads to the rise and fall of civilization. The city in his framework becomes an aspect of civilization following the same inevitable evolutionary pattern. The first part of this study examines those theories and focuses on their important aspects. The second part introduces some historical facts about the evolution of medieval Cairo and analyses them using the premises of Ibn Khaldun's theories. The reports of al-Maqrizi - a fifteenth century historian of Cairo - provided the historical information necessary for this investigation. The study raised some issues concerning the use of Ibn Khaldun's theories in pursuing such kind of studies, and the knowledge of the Islamic city which need to be reassessed. Those issues are presented in the last section under Reflections.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Tawfiq F. Abu-Hantash.en_US
dc.format.extent80 leavesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectArchitecture.en_US
dc.titleIbn Khaldun and the city : a study of the physical formation of medieval Cairoen_US
dc.title.alternativeStudy of the physical formation of medieval Cairoen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeM.S.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc20645858en_US


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