Posted by: Yulia Eka Putrie | May 2, 2012

A New Published Book of CIAS

This new published book titled “Contemporary Architecture of Islamic Societies: Between globalization and traditions” is an invitation to give breathe to the idea and endorse this philosophy of “islamization” and the spirit of “unity in diversity” of contemporary architecture in Islamic societies.




Dear authors and visitors,

We are glad to inform you that we finally have our Open Journal System (OJS) where you can download all of our fullpapers from the first issue to the most recent issue of Journal of Islamic Architecture (JIA). Please visit us at for the main information about the journal and for the fullpapers. May Allah bless us all, inshaAllah.




Managing Editor of JIA

Posted by: Yulia Eka Putrie | April 2, 2011

Some important articles from

City Planning in Ibn Khaldun’s Thought


Islamic Housing Today: Towards its Sound Policies


Striking a Balance between Privacy and Guest Hospitality in the Muslim house


Concept of Prostration in the Traditional Malay Mosque Design


The Architecture of the Muslim Caliphate in Spain and North Africa (756-1500)


Minimalism and Islamic Spirit


Creativity in the Perspective of Islamic Architecture



Please visit for other beneficial papers and articles on islamic architecture. 🙂






Posted by: Yulia Eka Putrie | February 20, 2011

Book: Islamic Architecture (Dr. Spahic Omer)

Book title:

Islamic Architecture: Its Philosophy, Spiritual Significance and some Early Developments

Author:  Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer
Publishing Date:  2009
Pages:  394
Publisher:  AS Noordeen, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (

ISBN:  978-983-065-286-3




About the book:

This book discusses the spiritual significance of Islamic architecture, as well as some early developments in relation to the evolution of its conspicuous identity. The book is divided into four chapters. The first two chapters, namely “Towards an Understanding of Islamic Architecture” and “A Conceptual Framework for Islamic Architecture”, represent what could be viewed as the first portion of the book which explores the meaning and significance of the spiritual dimension of Islamic architecture. The third and fourth chapters, entitled “Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and Islamic Architecture” and “Islamic Architecture after Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)” respectively, constitute the second part of the book which examines the overall conditions in the nascent Islamic state to which the process of the evolution of the total identity of Islamic architecture was subjected.

The historical periods covered by the book are: Prophet Muhammad’s period, the period of the four orthodox caliphs (al-khulafa’ al-rashidun), the Umayyads, and the first Abbasid period which ended approximately in 861 AC/247 H. It was towards the end of the first Abbasid period that Islamic architecture really matured. It reached its pinnacle in both technical and conceptual terms. It finally attained such qualities as artistic comprehensive excellence, universality, internationalism and profundity of styles and meanings that oozed unparalleled genius, innovation and creativity.

The main objectives of the book are as follows:

  1. To put the concept of Islamic architecture in its proper religious and cultural context based on the most authentic sources of Islam and Islamic scholarship.
  2. To help the readers recognize and grasp the origins, early developments, role and significance of Islamic architecture.
  3. To clarify and eliminate some pervasive misconceptions and misunderstandings about Islam in general and about the subject of Islamic architecture and some of its early developments in particular.
  4. To contribute to the growing Islamization awareness among Muslim students, scholars, professionals and the general public.

Islamic architecture is not concerned about the form of buildings only. Islamic architecture signifies a process where all the phases and aspects are equally important. It is almost impossible to identify a phase or an aspect in that process and consider it more important than the others. The Islamic architecture process starts with having a proper understanding and vision, which leads to making a right intention. It continues with the planning, designing and building stages, and ends with attaining the net results and how people make use of and benefit from them. Islamic architecture is a fine blend of all these elements which are interwoven with the treads of the belief system, principles, teachings and values of Islam. It was due to this that the first chapter in the book, which aims to explain the meaning, significance and the main characteristics of Islamic architecture, is followed by a chapter on a conceptual framework from which Islamic architecture originates and obtains its essence and character, and which serves as the point of reference of Islamic architecture and the source of its perpetual strength and survival.

It goes without saying, therefore, that without Islam there can be no Islamic architecture. Likewise, without true Muslims, who in their thoughts, actions and words epitomize the total message of Islam, there can be no Islamic architecture either. Islamic architecture is a framework for the implementation of Islam, a framework which exists in order to facilitate, encourage and promote such an implementation. Hence, none of the properly perceiving, creating, comprehending, studying and even the using of Islamic architecture can be achieved in isolation from the total framework of Islam: its comprehensive worldview, ethos, doctrines, laws, practices, genesis and history. Any attempt or method that defies this very logical principle is bound to end up in a failure generating in the process sets of errors and misconceptions. Indeed, the existing studies on Islamic architecture, by Muslim and non-Muslim scholars alike, and the ways in which Islamic architecture is taught and “practiced” today is the best testimony to the confusion that surrounds the theme of Islamic architecture as both a concept and sensory reality.

About the author:

Dr. Spahic Omer is a Bosnian who lives and works in Malaysia. He studied in Bosnia, Egypt and Malaysia. Presently, he is an Associate Professor at the Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design, International Islamic University Malaysia. His extensive research interests cover Islamic history, culture and civilization, as well as the history and philosophy of Islamic built environment.

Posted by: Yulia Eka Putrie | December 30, 2010

Introducing Assoc. Prof. Spahic Omer’s New Books

Islam & Housing” (360 pages)
by: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer
International Islamic University Malaysia
Publisher: AS Noordeen, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (
Year: 2010
ISBN No: 978-983-065-305-1 

The house is a microcosm of culture and civilization because the primary elements of society, individuals organized along with the family lines, are born, raised and educated in them. The strength of the institutions of the family and house denotes the strength of a society and the verve of its cultural and civilizational agenda. Similarly, frailties in the institutions of the family and house denote frailties in a society and in its cultural and civilizational agenda. The house dominion is where people rise and fall, that is to say, where people either succeed or fail in managing and conducting the most crucial aspects of their lives. Housing is where the epicenter of the rise and fall of cultures and civilizations lies.

This book discusses the subject of housing in Islam, as both a concept and a sensory reality. The book seeks to enhance the awareness, both of the housing professionals and general readership, as to the importance of correctly conceptualizing, creating and using Islamic domestic architecture. The book is divided into three chapters, namely, “The Holy Qur’an on housing”, “The lessons of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in housing”, and “Muslims and housing today”.
The following issues, mainly, are extensively covered in the book: the Islamic house as a family development center; the Islamic house as a shelter and private sanctuary; Islamic housing and the issues of privacy, recreation, aesthetics, social integration and comprehensive excellence; the form and function in the Islamic house; the relationship between the house institution and the rest of societal institutions in developing Islamic society; Islamic housing between yesterday and today; the relationship between the state of education and the state of housing in the Muslim world; necessary steps towards a contemporary Islamic housing; some practical suggestions for designing Islamic houses today.


The Philosophy of Decoration in Islamic Architecture” (276 pages)
by: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer
International Islamic University Malaysia
Publisher: International Islamic University Malaysia
Year: 2009
ISBN No: 978-967-5272-15-8
This book discusses the philosophy of decoration in Islamic architecture. The nature of the book is philosophical, or conceptual, rather than empirical. The book is divided into five chapters. The first two chapters, namely “The Concept of Decoration in the Holy Qur’an and in the Prophet’s Sunnah” and “Islam and Beauty”, constitute what could be described as a conceptual framework for the theme at hand. Since the subject of Islamic decoration in this book is viewed, mainly, through the prism of architecture, dwelling on the issue of the significance of building pursuits in Islam was rather essential. This is covered in the third chapter which is entitled “Islam on Erecting Buildings”. The fourth and fifth chapters, entitled “Islamic Decoration as an Instrument of Worship” and “Man-Made ‘Signs’ amid the Signs of God in Nature” respectively, represent the core of the book. In them the subject of the philosophy of Islamic decorative arts in architecture is discussed directly and thoroughly from different perspectives. 

Out of the many objectives that could be achieved by undertaking this kind of a study, the following list presents the main objectives of this book:
1. To present and examine the philosophy of decoration in Islamic architecture based on the most authentic sources of Islam and Islamic scholarship;
2. To show that Islamic spirituality is at the core of the origins, philosophy, role and function of Islamic decorative arts;
3. To clarify some misconceptions about Islamic architecture in general and about its decorative systems in particular.
About the author:

Dr. Spahic Omer is a Bosnian who lives and works in Malaysia. He studied in Bosnia, Egypt and Malaysia. Presently, he is an Associate Professor at the Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design, International Islamic University Malaysia. His extensive research interests cover Islamic history, culture and civilization, as well as the history and philosophy of Islamic built environment.

Posted by: Yulia Eka Putrie | October 1, 2010

Call for Book Chapters

Book Title: Contemporary Architecture of Islamic Societies between Globalization and Traditions

The architectural intellectual interaction sound of the Islamic world has faded away.  This wanning was not by concurrence but due to social and political accretions and bushed Islamic cultural retreated, recoiled and fell.

The return to authentic Islamic architecture is just an extension of a long dialogue between the Islamic world and its architectural heritage which had suffered of stillness caused by the clash stun of the evolving West which escorted a declination in all branches of science and knowledge making. The Islamic world turned to be a fertile land to cultivate any hybrid plant nothing to do with culture and therefore whatever grew and grew fast stumpage remains hybrid without roots.

The journey towards authenticity does not intend here to restore the past, but a revival derived its continuity and innovation of its past places trophy and fuses in modern technology.

We believe that the Muslims’ flow is a type of globalization “Islamization” OR “Unity and Diversity” where  contemporary architecture in Muslim societies and cities varied and is full of a mixture in its architecture which fused in Islam crucible of unity. It featured Fustat, Kairouan, Faz and Andalusia each have its own character and urban fabric which is “Diversity”, but retains one spirit and soul “UNITY”.

We’re trying here to understand and rehabilitate “Islamization” facing globalization, through conscious understanding of Islamic history principle fragmentation layers of history (Deconstruction of History Layers) and reorder this very rich tissues (Restructure of Time to accommodate our present and anticipate our future and heal this status of schizophrenia that we are living in now.

It is not a hem in within oneself or an attack on others ideas or an underdevelopment thinking and a reactionary discard of ideas. But it is an invitation to give breathe to the idea and endorse this philosophy of “Islamization”.

It is an invitation to deeper understanding of the belief we are living in and instead of watching and waiting negatively the pending days.  A call to meditation viewing our personal identity and an invitation to diligent and to faith in “unity” rather than fragmentation and disintegration.

We invite all scholars interested in these subjects to contribute in the following areas (researcher can propose field in context):

1. Islamic Architecture from the Perspective of Modernity

2. Islamic Architecture from the Perspective of Postmodern

3. Islamic Architecture and Politics

4. Impact of Deconstruction on Islamic Fabric

5. Identity between Experimentation and Alienation

6. Islamic Globalization

7. Globalization and Islamization

8. Past-Present-Future

9. Identity, Heritage in the Face of Globalization

10.Contemporary Islamic Architectural Experiments

Book Language: English

Abstracts: Not more than 500 words and final manuscript expected to be not more than 10,000 words-without references.

Book Editors

Dr. M. Alaa Mandour (SQU, Oman)

Dr. Nangkula Utaberta (UKM, Malaysia)

Important Dates

Call for Book Chapters                             : Sept 2010

Dead line for receiving abstracts        :  November 15th, 2010

Notification of accepted abstracts      : December 15th, 2010

Final Book Chapter submission            : March 1st, 2011

Final Correction                                          : May 15th, 2011

Publishing: Depends on the publisher timing (Early June 2011)

Submission address:

To  :


Posted by: Yulia Eka Putrie | August 1, 2010

Introducing Dr. M. Alaa Mandour’s book











The failure of many formal solutions for low income housing has often been the lack of understanding of the informal phenomenon which is an alternative to those excluded from the formal housing market.

The informal sector represent a solution that appears to deny conventional planning orthodoxy, and clearly the priorities of this sector are not those of the municipal authorities. The way they shape their environment is often completely different than what is shaped for them. Space takes precedence over permanence and use defines need: a porch may be build before a bathroom, an adjoining work place may be more important than a private bedroom and outdoor seating may be constructed before an enclosed space. This apparent inversion of values is especially evident in the public spaces.

A new set of settlement standards needs to be accommodated, rather than to merely reorganize. They should reflect the reality -sometimes harsh -of the urban poor, and they should respond to “real” requirements not to an idealized set of criteria.

VDM-Publisher, Germany, ISBN 978-3-639-27055-6-Congress Library

Availabe in market  August 2010, online Amazon.

Posted by: Yulia Eka Putrie | May 9, 2010 – Islamic Architecture

Kindly be informed that there is a new and potentially very exciting project aiming to promote the idea of Islamic built environment based on the worldview, teachings and value system of Islam.

The project is in its embryonic phase. Thus, your visits, membership, constructive feedbacks and contributions, etc., will be appreciated.

Kindly visit:

Posted by: Yulia Eka Putrie | April 11, 2010

Notification for Authors

Dear Colleagues,

Please allow us to thank you very much for the papers you submitted to our official e-mail by 1 April 2010. We will soon start the review process and each authors will receive an official notification from our managing editor.

We’re also very glad to inform you that incoming “Call for Papers” will Insha Allah be posted here by next month for JIA Volume 1 Issue 3 June 2011. Meanwhile, please don’t hesitate to contact us about any information you need.

Best Regards,

Yulia Eka Putrie

Posted by: Yulia Eka Putrie | October 31, 2009

Call for Papers: Journal of Islamic Architecture

Journal of Islamic ArchitectureJournal of Islamic Architecture, Vol. 1 No. 2 December 2010

Dear all Under/Postgraduate Students and Academic Scholars of Architecture who have deep concern and awareness of the development of Islamic Architecture,

We gladly invite you to submit your scientific writings in widespread themes of Islamic Architecture to our “Journal of Islamic Architecture”. The journal is published by International Center for Islamic Architecture from the Sunnah (CIAS), Department of Architecture, UIN Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang.



Writing Guidelines

  1. Language in English or Indonesian (Abstract in both English and Indonesian)
  2. A4 page size
  3. 20 – 30 pages
  4. Font Trebuchet 11
  5. Double spacing
  6. Endnote quotation (Numbering Reference)


Paper Structure

Title, Author(s), Correspondence and e-mail address, Abstract (in English), Introduction, Method (for Research-based Articles), Content, Conclusion, Reference

Paper Submission

  1. Submissioned by e-mail to
  2. Deadline  1 April 2010
  3. Questions and suggestions can be addressed to
  4. More about the instructions for authors: Instruction for Authors