Sight Restrictions in Maghrib Muslim Architecture

  • Mustapha Ben Hamouche International Islamic University Malaysia


Sight in Islamic culture is subject to legal restrictions that aim at preserving moral consciousness in Muslim societies. These restrictions have a direct impact on architecture in traditional Muslim cities. Details such as placement of doors and windows, the use of balconies and rooftops, and building heights were shaped by legal reasoning based on sight restrictions. The present study aims at highlighting this legal reasoning system by analyzing legal opinions that were continuously advocated by jurists in response to daily practices, and the legal principles on which these opinions were based. This is expected to contribute in developing a new intellectual discourse on Muslim architecture that could go beyond the present design theories.


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Hamouche, M. B. (2013). Sight Restrictions in Maghrib Muslim Architecture. Intellectual Discourse, 7(2). Retrieved from