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.



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  2. Assalam Alaikum,
    This is a wonderful effort.This is one of best ways of spreading Islamic arts and culture and by extension the religion of Islam.Could you send list of books on Islamic architecture written by Mr.Sphahic Omer.
    Thank you.
    Ibrahim M Agigi

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