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A MEDIEVAL ISLAMIC CITY: CASE OF CORDOBA
A MEDIEVAL ISLAMIC CITY: CASE OF CORDOBA

Author(s): S. Evinç TORLAK, Tanzer ÇELIKTÜRK, Onur KULAÇ, Recep ARSLAN
Subject(s): History, Local History / Microhistory, Middle Ages, Rural and urban sociology, History of Religion
Published by: Rating Academy
Keywords: Medieval Islamic City; Medieval Western City; Cordoba; Ibn Haldun;

Summary/Abstract: From Turkestan to Andalusia Spain, Medieval Islamic cities geographically occupied a wide area, and thus they had left their mark on the medieval era. Being one of these Islamic cities, Cordoba was seized by the Arabs in 711 and the first urbanization activities began upon moving the government centre from Seville to Cordoba. Later on, as the capital city of Andalusia Umayyad Dynasty, Cordoba became one of the most crucial cities of Spain in terms of science, art and trade. In this study, stating the features of medieval Western and Islamic cities, initially, the geographic, politic, economic and philosophic bases that took part in the establishment of the cities will be discussed and a specific focus will be made upon Cordoba city. Afterwards, information about the history, city layout and structure, city administration, socio-economic structure and cultural formation of Cordoba will be presented. This study reveals that Renaissance which is the main output of the European urbanization in medieval era cannot be considered apart from the administrative, socio-economic, cultural and architectural features of the Islamic cities within the context of Ibn Haldun’s thoughts.

  • Issue Year: 3/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 75-86
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English