A holistic ethical system of architecture in the time of globalization: between Dubai and the Medina of Tunis

Majdi Faleh

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This dissertation examines the design challenges and opportunities as well as ethical problems that architecture and the built environment are facing in the Islamic world. Forces of globalization have changed contemporary cities of the Islamic World, and architecture has come to be less informed by the roots of Islamic architecture. The globalization of architecture will be examined as a vehicle of progress and diversity. Conversely, the urban and architectural character in the Islamic world has become predominantly Westernized.
This research argues that architects and researchers in the twenty-first century can reinvest Islamic architecture with values of traditional Islam; its ethical values, and its aesthetics in the context of globalization and the loss of Islamic architectural identity. It also envisions and articulates an intermediary role of Islamic architecture, while analyzing the architectural and urban tale of two cities Dubai and Tunis.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date20 Jul 2018
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018


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