: Thursday, October 27, 2022
Temporary architectures, adaptive tactics, the large- and small-scale movement and relocation of people, and concerted programs of colonization and razing shape sites and spaces of marginalized communities in Islamic contexts. People may be marginalized for reasons of religious practice, gender, ethno-linguistic identification, nationalist policies, conflict, environmental shifts, or other factors, with the result that they have limited access to certain resources and live their lives, seek places of worship, assemble support systems, and adopt and adapt the built environment in specific ways. Architectures created by the forces of marginalization include buildings on the urban outskirts and the borderlands of states, makeshift housing and services in the socio-economic badlands, and solutions to the need for space enacted in the “in-between” of ad hoc adaptations.
The impetus for our panel comes from our collective work to understand the marginalization of communities in Islamic contexts around the globe through the built environment, as well as from our active engagement with the selfhood, rights, and safety of women, children, minority denominational communities, sectarian groups, racialized people, and even those questioning their own socio-political and scholarly dominance.
According to UN statistics, migration disproportionately impacts states with majority Islamic populations, and the primary host countries for refugees are also largely Muslim. These dynamics have historical roots, and when combined with environmental and economic factors, can lead to marked changes in the architectural fabric, the exclusion and erasure of undesired peoples and their narratives, and a misunderstanding of how the built environment functions.
Our panel includes architects, visual artists, and scholars working to understand, address, and confront the conditions of marginalization embodied in architecture in Islamic contexts as part of their practice, teaching, research, and activism.