Reclaiming Heritage through the Image of Traditional Habitat

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Abstract

From the 1960s, Iran, like many other similar countries experienced a radical urban expansion and industrialization, chiefly as a result of the expanding oil industry. Internal migration fueled by industrialization created both a crisis of habitation and a cultural dissonance, in response to which various schemes were developed for model communities, intended to bridge the gap between Iranian culture, its heritage and modern urbanism. We will examine one such ‘model community’, New Shushtar, a housing complex adjacent to the ancient heritage town of Shushtar, in which architectural motifs and images were used to evoke and perhaps invoke authentic traditional life. We will place this complex within the broader context in the Muslim world of attempts to defend regional culture from the effects of globalization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Making of Islamic Heritage
Subtitle of host publicationMuslim Pasts and Heritage Presents
EditorsTrinidad Rico
Place of PublicationHeidelberg
PublisherSpringer
Chapter4
Pages47-65
ISBN (Electronic)9789811040719
ISBN (Print)9789811040702
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameHeritage Studies in the Muslim World
PublisherPalgrave MacMillan

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