Architectural identity demystified: visual voices from the Arab world

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This chapter offers a positional interpretation and interrogates the irony of identity, tradition and modernity by critically outlining a number of visual voices that represent selected interventions developed within the Arab World. Through a reading of trends that emerged over the past few decades an effort is made to place such a reading in focus by outlining contextual geo-cultural politics and their inferences on the shaping of architectural identity. An approach for a deeper insight into contemporary Arab architecture within which inevitable trends co-exist is framed based on positivistic and anti-positivistic positions and their underlying ontological and epistemological perspectives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cultural Role of Architecture
Subtitle of host publicationContemporary and Historical Perspectives
EditorsPaul Emmons, Jane Lomholt, John S Hendrix
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2012


  • architectural identity
  • Arabian Peninsula
  • symbolism
  • meaning

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