Early Islamic urbanism: the shaping of a civilisation

Start: Jul 01, 2016 03:00 PM
End: Jul 02, 2016 07:00 PM

Location: Room G11, Ground Floor, South Wing, UCL Wilkins Building


A workshop exploring the development of the city in the early Islamic world and the extent to which it was shaped by the development of Islamic society will be held at UCL on 1 & 2 July.

Using the perspective of the longue durée, the workshop will explore the impact of religious and secular administration, and cultural traditions, on urban planning. Themes will focus on concepts of urban space, of how people sought to control, shape, share and use space, as arenas of distinct and overlapping experiences.

This debate is framed over the latter half of the first millennium and early second millennium CE: a period that encompasses Late Antiquity, the rapidly expanding Islamic world, and its subsequent fractious division into multiple polities, all set within the context of interactions with empire systems beyond its boundaries. In doing so, the workshop seeks to re-establish a civilisational scale for the analysis of Islamic urbanism.


The workshop is organised by the Institute's Tim Williams with support from the UCL Centre for Research into the Dynamics of Civilisation (CREDOC).