Islamic Legacy in Medieval Iberian Societies: Building Rules

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By considering the building regulations of medieval Christian societies of the Iberian Peninsula with the ones contained in Islamic sources from al-Andalus, it is possible to verify how much the former were influenced by the latter. This legacy is, indeed, evident in the official responsible for applying these rules, whose purpose was to control various urban areas. In fact, the Portuguese almotacé, the Castilian almotacén or the Aragonese mustaçaf derive from the Islamic muḥtasib, which in turn has an ancient and complex history, as an authentic product of the Mediterranean. The transformation in medieval Christian building rules and their transmission to non-European territories, which have been in force for much longer, truly certify the evolution of an Islamic institution as a transtemporal and transcultural phenomenon.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArtistic and Cultural Dialogues in the Late Medieval Mediterranean
EditorsMaría Marcos Cobaleda
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-53366-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-53365-6
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameMediterranean Perspectives


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