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Planning Histories in the Arab World



Type:   Partie ou chapitre de livre
Titre:   Planning Histories in the Arab World
Auteur(s):   Verdeil, Eric - Centre de recherches internationales (Auteur)
Nasr, Joe - Centre for Studies in Food Security (Auteur)
In:   The Routledge Handbook of Planning History
Date de publication:   2017-12
Éditeur:   Routledge
Pages:   271-285  p.
ISBN:   9781138856981
Mots-clés:   [fr] Arab world, cities, planning history, urban history
Résumé:   [en] Over the past century and a half, most accounts of cities of the Arab world have viewed them through the lens of an organically built urban fabric, understood as an Islamic heritage, an expression of a collective and religious ethos (Bianca 2000). Planning, as a professionally conceived endeavor aiming at structuring changes in cities, was perceived as almost nonexistent in this world region. When scholars have attempted to circumvent the narrative of chaos that imbued urban history here as in much of the developing world, they have usually highlighted external political and economic determinations, and pointed out the divergent pathways of Arab cities between (neo)colonialism, socialism, aid-dependency, or the oil economy rather than specific urban management styles (Abu-Lughod 1984).

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