The Urbanisation of Rayy in the Seljūq Period

The study of urbanisation processes in an ancient city also defines aspects of social, political and religious features of a society. While the impulse to urbanise issued from the politico-religious and cultural background of the society in question, the act and very form of urbanising is mostly con...

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Published in:Der Islam
Authors: Rante, Rocco; Di Pasquale, Carmen
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: 2016
In:Der Islam
Year: 2016, Volume: 93, Issue: 2, Pages: 413-432
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:The study of urbanisation processes in an ancient city also defines aspects of social, political and religious features of a society. While the impulse to urbanise issued from the politico-religious and cultural background of the society in question, the act and very form of urbanising is mostly connected with a selected territory and its morphology. This article attempts to reconstitute the urban plan of a major medieval capital of Iran, Rayy, during the Seljūq period. Thanks to satellite views, photos from the 1950s, the Pascal Coste plan and a newly discovered drawing by him, as well as several surveys conducted since 2005, a plausible map of the medieval Seljuq city can be attempted.
ISSN:1613-0928
Contains:In: Der Islam
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1515/islam-2016-0035