Kazimee, Bashir A.
Bashir Kazimee is an award-winning educator and Professor of Architecture at Washington State University. He holds degrees from Kabul University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is widely published in the areas of traditional settlements and sustainable community development. In June of 1996, his collaborative project entitled “sustainable Development; A Comprehensive Urban Regenerative Proposal for Pullman, WA” was awarded the global IAA Gold Medal by the International Academy of Architecture at the UN-Habitat global conference held in Istanbul, Turkey.2003 0-7734-6669-X
This book offers a comprehensive analysis of the unique meaning of Place (“Makan”) in the traditional context of the Eastern Islamic region, focusing mostly on the area defined by Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran. The book often replaces the term cities (as referring to oversized bureaucratic apparatus) with such terms as places and dwellings – meaning developed settlements that have retained a strong trace of social coherence and physical unity, which are the true focus. The study examines the way in which making and thinking, object and subject, are inextricably linked in Islamic places and reflect Man’s inner search for truth, and the role that place plays in helping the Muslim stay true to his faith and lead a life of meaning and spirituality. With illustrations.