About CIAS


The main purpose of the centre is to reconstruct the idea of Islamic Architecture from the values of the Sunnah within the frame work of early modernist intellectual framework from the West.




  1. Identify the textual sources of the Qur’an and the sunnah in relation in Architecture.
  2. To develop an intellectual framework of ijtihad concerning architectural theories and temporary design issues.
  3. To reconstruct the evolution of Islamic Architecture historiography from the perspective of the Sunnah.



Design Principles of Islamic Architecture have always been derived from an analysis of the Post-Prophetic Era, which spans more than a millennium. The analysis is based entirely on the interpretation of a selected sample of buildings deemed significant and as objects of Islamic Culture par excellence. At the moment this ‘object-centered’ discourse is trapped in a revivalistic and dogmatic agenda of ‘development’ which has caused much economic waste, social discontent and an image of  a stagnant or regressive culture.

With this thrust of research, it is important to rewrite the history of Islamic Architecture by deriving a ‘proper’ selection criterion of architecture and a more acceptable analytical framework to select and interpret the past buildings in the Muslim civilization. Buildings in the Muslim civilization must be understood within their own socio-religious context and their divergence from the Islamic spirit inherent in the traditions must be clearly identified. There is also the crucial need of deriving a new Ijtihad framework that would use the corpus of Al-Hadiths and the Tafsir of al-Qur’an as a foundation of values to interpret the meaning of forms and spaces. This ‘value-centered’ effort must come in context with a deep understanding of the intellectual maturity of the West in the early discourses of modernism that had used socio-religious values as the platform of criticism and design philosophies.

UIN Maliki is deemed appropriate to set up this new framework of Islamic Architecture because of three main reasons. The first is because Indonesia has undergone a political revolution that places critical thinking and social activism as an important social and environmental development tool. The second reason is because UIN Maliki and her staff are committed Muslims rooted in the Pesantren tradition of Islam. The third reason is being the largest Muslim nation in the world, the new cradle of Islamic civilization is deemed to begin here in this region.

Both the Islamic Ummah and Indonesia can benefit from the works above in the sense that the idea of development in the built environment would take a more cultural, spiritual and morally guided aesthetic perspectives rather than the sheer grandeur of revivalism that speaks of a stagnant and dogmatic intellectual culture. The integration between the interpretation of the hadiths and the ideas of early modernist in many ways speaks of bridging the great civilization divide between the East and West. The university would be recognized internationally with respect to this new philosophy of Islamic architecture and would also be acknowledged historically as the medium of transfer of valuable modernist ideas into the civilization of the Nusantara to expedite her intellectual maturity. The university would finally be known as that which contributed to the integration of technology and the eternal values of Islam.


Research Areas

  1. History of Islamic Architecture in Muslim and Non Muslim Countries.
  2. Studies of Connection between Culture with Spaces in Building, City Planning and Complexes.
  3. Studies of Theoretical Framework of Islamic Architecture.
  4. Studies of Methodology of Ijtihad concerning Architecture and the Built Environment.
  5. Compilation of hadith related to  Architecture from the Sunni’ Sources (Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, Thurmidzi, Thabrani, Muwatta’, Nasa’I etc).
  6. Compilation of Fiqh Sources of Built Environment (Ihya Ulumuddin, Fiqh Sunnah, Al Umm…The Yusuf Qhardawi’s works, Malay traditional Ulama’s…”Kitab Kuning”…etc).
  7. Compilation of the Commentary of Qur’an  related to architecture (Tafsir of Maududdi, Yusuf Ali, Hamka, ….Ibnu Katsir).
  8. Compilation of Historical Sources of Islam in Built Environment (Ibnu Khaldun writings, Thabhari,….).
  9. Principles of Islamic Conservation.
  10. Studies of Sustainable Design.
  11. Environmental Behavioral Studies in Islamic Societies.


Professional Fields

Architecture, City Planners, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design and Visual Arts.


Academic Activities

Research, Seminar, Workshop, Publication, Public Lecture, Design Consultancy, Exhibition, Contract Research, Product Development.



Research Journal, Popular Magazine, Books, Videos and Multi Media Product, Web Portal Design.



  1. Great effort.
    I would like to be part of it. I am professor of architecture and urbanism at Qatar University. I can serve as a reviewer, member of the editorial borad in addition to contributing with essays and papers. Let me know if you want me to send my CV.
    God bless you all
    Alsalm Alykom

    • Waalaykumsalam,
      thank you very much for your kind attention for the center, Prof. Ali A. Alraouf.
      We will immediately send you an invitation letter to be one of our peer-reviewer in the Journal of Islamic Architecture.
      We will also very thankful if you would like to be our research fellow or our senior board of advisor. We are very new in this field of study, Prof. Alraouf, hopefully you could give us some advices according to our effort in developing Islamic Architecture framework.
      If you are willing to, we are very much welcome for your papers in thoughts or researches about this field of study. Thank you again, Prof. Alraouf, may Allah give you and your university all the best.

  2. Salamun alaikum,

    Even the name of the site is very attracting. I wish and with the will of Allah am sure that good results will come out of this.

    I am a practising architect and a doctorate student in history of architecture at ITU. I am hoping to make my humble contribution in near future with my studies inshaallah. I will be keeping in mind your call for paper notifications.

    With my warmest regards

    • Waalaikumsalam
      Dear Sir Emre C. Yilmaz,
      Thank you very much for your kind attention for our small efforts in this field of study. We are very glad to welcome your contributions, opinion, and suggestions for the development of this organisation 🙂 Our journal submission is open throughout the year and our book publication has just opened recently. Once again, thank you and may Allah bless and reward us the best in dunya and akhira. Ameen.

      Best regards,

  3. Excellent work on the site. I will contribute one chapter on post-modern architecure and mosque dome with Mastor Surat. I will also contribute the problem of mosque adaptive reuse in Malaysia with Norhayati. Will send the two papers by 15th December. Busy with exam and my daughter Fatimah is getting engaged. Will try to libur in Malang soon insya Allah.

    • Thank you very much, Prof. Taj. This is our first publication with Dr. Nangkula and Dr. Alaa as our editors. Hopefully this publication project will be successfull so we can develop more publications in the future about Islamic Architecture. We’re looking forward to receiving your beneficial works, Prof. Taj. Our warm regards for the entire family, may Allah bless and protect us all, ameen.

  4. I’m having a conference at Jakarta on 9th of Marchmaybe I can extend the length of stay and help our fellow lecturer at UIN Malang to finalized some of their books and journals. Hope the academic calender is on our side….for the book I’ll be contributing on the problem of documentation on Islamic architecture in Nusantara. while from UKM, Dr Nik, Hafsah and Badieh wil also contributing some papers…

  5. Assalaamu ‘alaykum. I am a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) and working on the issue of gender in Islamic architecture. I am delighted and excited to learn of this new growing center of Islamic Architecture. I hope to contribute some scholarly works in the near future and we can share thoughts on the so-called “Islamic architecture.” We may want to maintain and develop networks through annual conferences. This is great! May Allah SWT bless and reward these good deeds. Salaam.

    • Waalaykumsalaam Mrs. Aryanti, thank you so much for your kind support for our center. We will inshaAllah cooperate in developing this field of study in the future. Looking forward to receiving your beneficial works on the subject. Ameen for your kind prayer, may Allah bless our efforts and intentions.

  6. It’s interesting to know about your center. It seems you are doing great effort.
    I would like to know more about your center and journal. I am associate professor of architecture at Ajman University of Science & Technology (AUST) in United Arab Emirates (UAE). I will be happy to share you and participate in your activities. I am currently preparing one chapter for the book by Dr. Alaa Mandour. I am from Palestine and have been working in UAE since 2004. I can provide you with my CV upon your request.

    All the best,

    Jihad Awad

    • Dear Dr. Jihad Awad,
      Thank you very much for the CV and your great contribution in our 1st book publication. The book is now in process of publication and we will inshaAllah inform all the author when the book has been published… We also thank you for your willingness to participate in our activities and events. May Allah bless us all for the efforts.

      Best regards,

  7. I am Phd candidate at University of Lagos, Nigeria. I am working on mosque architecture and context in South-Western Nigeria. I hope to publish in your journal in the nearest future. Meanwhile I will appreciate you linking me up with authorities on mosque and islamic architecture

    • Salaam,

      Thank you very much for your kind message. You are very much welcome to publish your papers related to mosque or islamic architecture to our journal. looking forward to receiving your precious works inshaAllah.

      best regards,

  8. I am an Arab-American Architecture student living New York. I’m not so much concerned with the reconstruction of our historiography as much as I am concerned with the actual presence of new, sustainable, Islamic Architecture that sets forth a paradigm for architecture in general. I would definitely like to be involved in your effort. Please send me more information!!!

    • Thank you Jasmine Ibrahim for your kind message to our center. we are developing an islamic architecture’s framework called value based design.. this way we can give islamic architecture a broader and deeper meaning than a mere historical or symbolical matters. you are very much welcome to write articles about islamic architecture and publish it in our Journal of Islamic Architecture… the journal is the printed in Indonesia, but you can access it from this web. here is the link of the pdf version of the journal: https://islamicarchitecture.wordpress.com/journal-of-islamic-architecture-jia

  9. Assalam-o-alaikum.
    i am kamran from Pakistan. i completed my paper on Mathematics in Islamic art. may i send this paper in your journal to publish? hopefully you will reply soon for my guidance.

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