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AlSayyad, Nezar

Works: 85 works in 232 publications in 2 languages and 7,158 library holdings
Genres: History  Cross-cultural studies  Documentary television programs  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Publishing director
Classifications: NA1583, 307.76
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Nezar AlSayyad
Cairo : histories of a city by Nezar AlSayyad( Book )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Details the shifts in Cairo's built environment through stories of important figures who marked the cityscape with their personal ambitions and their political ideologies"--Jacket
Muslim Europe or Euro-Islam : politics, culture, and citizenship in the age of globalization( Book )

10 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five centuries after the expulsion of Muslims and Jews from Spain, Europe is once again becoming a land of Islam. At the beginning of a new millennium, and in an era marked as one of globalization, Europe continues to wrestle with the issue of national identity, especially in the context of its Muslim citizens. Muslim Europe or Euro-Islam brings together distinguished scholars from Europe, the United States, and the Middle East in a dynamic discussion about the Muslim populations living in Europe and about Europe's role in framing Islam today. The book raises several crucial questions: Does Islam offer a special case for citizenship? Is assimilation or multiculturalism the model to be followed in the case of Muslims in Europe? How powerful a force is Islam in determining identity? And why is Islam -- after centuries of being a presence in Europe -- not considered a European religion? Working at the knotty intersection of cultural identity, the politics of nations and nationalisms, and religious persuasions, this is an invaluable anthology of scholarship that reveals the multifaceted natures of both Europe and Islam
Cities and caliphs : on the genesis of Arab Muslim urbanism by Nezar AlSayyad( Book )

9 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dwellings, settlements, and tradition : cross-cultural perspectives( Book )

6 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hybrid urbanism : on the identity discourse and the built environment by Nezar AlSayyad( Book )

8 editions published in 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despite strong forces toward globalization, much of late 20th century urbanism demonstrates a movement toward cultural differentiation. Such factors as ethnicity and religious and cultural heritages have led to the concept of hybridity as a shaper of identity. Challenging the common assumption that hybrid peoples create hybrid places and hybrid places house hybrid people, this book suggests that hybrid environments do not always accommodate pluralistic tendencies or multicultural practices. In contrast to the standard position that hybrid space results from the merger of two cultures, the book introduces the concept of a third place and argues for a more sophisticated understanding of the principal.''In contributed chapters, the book provides case studies of the third place, enabling a comparative and transnational examination of the complexity of hybridity. The book is divided into two parts. Part one deals with pre-20th century examples of places that capture the intersection of modernity and hybridity. Part two considers equivalent sites in the late 20th century, demonstrating how hybridity has been a central feature of globalization
Urban informality : transnational perspectives from the Middle East, Latin America, and South Asia( Book )

10 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The turn of the century has been a moment of rapid urbanization. Much of this urban growth is taking place in the cities of the developing world and much of it in informal settlements. This book presents cutting-edge research from various world regions to demonstrate these trends. The contributions reveal that informal housing is no longer the domain of the urban poor; rather it is a significant zone of transactions for the middle-class and even transnational elites. Indeed, the book presents a rich view of "urban informality" as a system of regulations and norms that governs the use of space and makes possible new forms of social and political power. The book is organized as a "transnational" endeavor. It brings together three regional domains of research--the Middle East, Latin America, and South Asia--that are rarely in conversation with one another. It also unsettles the hierarchy of development and underdevelopment by looking at some First World processes of informality through a Third World research lens
Consuming tradition, manufacturing heritage : global norms and urban forms in the age of tourism by Nezar AlSayyad( Book )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Increasing demand for environments that promise unique cultural experiences has led many nations and groups to engage in the parallel processes of facilitating the consumption of tradition whilst manufacturing it. This volume addresses these themes
The end of tradition?( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rooted in real-world observations, this book questions the concept of tradition. In his introduction, Nezar AlSayyad discusses the meanings of the word 'tradition' and the current debates about the 'end of tradition'. Thereafter the book is divided into three parts
Making Cairo medieval( Book )

7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the nineteenth century, Cairo witnessed one of its most dramatic periods of transformation. Well on its way to becoming a modern and cosmopolitan city, by the end of the century, a 'medieval' Cairo had somehow come into being. While many Europeans in the nineteenth century viewed Cairo as a fundamentally dual city-physically and psychically split between East/West and modern/medieval-the contributors to the provocative collection demonstrate that, in fact, this process of inscription was the result of restoration practices, museology, and tourism initiated by colonial occupiers. The fir
The fundamentalist city? : religiosity and the remaking of urban space by Nezar AlSayyad( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The relationship between urbanism and fundamentalism is a very complex one. This book explores how the dynamics of different forms of religious fundamentalisms are produced, represented, and practiced in the city. It attempts to establish a relationship between two important phenomena: the historic transition of the majority of the world's population from a rural to an urban existence; and the robust resurgence of religion as a major force in the shaping of contemporary life in many parts of the world. Employing a transnational interrogation anchored in specific georgraphic regions, the contributors to this volume explore the intell ectual and practical challenges posed by fundamentalist groups, movements, and organization. They focus on how certain ultra religious practices of Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism have contributed to the remaking of global urban space. Their work suggests that it is a grave oversimplification to view religious orthodoxies or doctrines as the main cause of urban terrorism or violence. Instead they argue that such phenomena should be understood as a particular manifestation of modernity's struggles. AlSayyad and Massoumi's book provides fascinating reading for those interested in religion and the city, with thought provoking pieces from experts in anthropology, geography, sociology, religious studies, and urban studies. --Book Jacket
Forms of dominance on the architecture and urbanism of the colonial enterprise( Book )

5 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traditions : the "real", the hyper, and the virtual in the built environment by Nezar AlSayyad( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Traditions: the 'Real', the Hyper, and the Virtual in the Built Environment is a continuation of Nezar AlSayyad's engagement with the subject of tradition in the built environment. In it he attempts to unsettle the belief that tradition is simply a product of history and transmission. Without dismissing the parallels between history and tradition, he argues that normative discourses that conceive of tradition as a place-based, temporally situated concept, as a static authoritative legacy of a past, and as a heritage owned by certain groups of people can no longer be sustained in the present moment of globalization. Instead he calls for an approach that recognizes how the main qualities of tradition are transient, fleeting, and contingent. While using the built environment as the primary lens of investigation, other approaches for the study of tradition, with origins in geography, history, sociology, or anthropology, are more actively deployed in this book. AlSayyad offers a recasting of the epistemology of tradition as fundamentally spatial, thus providing a much-needed theoretical rudder for the emerging debates. Rather than analyzing tradition as a reaction to modernity or as its antithetical other, he examines those discursive and spatial terrains where tradition collides and colludes with modernity. AlSayyad argues that built traditional environments have been studied until recently as 'authentic' environments that represent 'real' everyday practices. But, as his research illustrates, their consumption at a mass scale, especially in the arena of tourism and mass media, has often elevated them to hyper-environments whose connection to 'real' places results in fundamentally 'dis-placed' and disembodied experience. More recently, the portrayal of traditional environments in both the virtual realm and heritage discourses has resulted in new articulations of tradition that could not be imagined just a few decades ago. AlSayyad interrogates the meanings and practices of tradition in the twenty-first century by looking at these three distinct categories of the built environment: the 'real', the hyper, and the virtual"--
Consuming tradition, manufactoring heritage : global norms and urban forms in the age of tourism( Book )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Europa musulmana o Euro-Islam? : política, cultura y ciudadanía en la era de la globalización( Book )

6 editions published in 2003 in Spanish and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At home with mother earth( Visual )

2 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A video documentary that looks at the ancient tradition of buildings with mud within a global context and analyzes the prejudices that marginalize its use in contemporary time. The travails and passions of early pioneers are chronicled along with current innovative approaches of present-day earth builders like Hassan Fathy from Egypt, Nader Khalili from Iran, David Easton from California, and the CRATerre group from France. The video Presents the pros and cons of the so-called "Earth Architecture" and provides insight into the dilemmas it poses to architects, builders, and building code officials in both the developed and the developing worlds. It also exposes the attitudes of the construction industry regarding innovation and change, and questions the industrial and governmental commitments to the development of environmentally sustainable and ecologically sound building processes
The design and planning of housing : proceedings of a seminar held at the College of Environmental Design, University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on February 18-22, 1984 by Design and Planning of Housing( Book )

5 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Streets of Islamic Cairo : a configuration of urban themes and patterns by Nezar AlSayyad( Book )

5 editions published between 1981 and 1987 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study presents a closer look at a Muslim-built environment. It examines streets as one of the major structuring elements in a city. It traces the history and the physical development of three major streets in Medieval Cairo within the overall structure of the city at the end of each ruling dynasty. The hypothesis presented in this study is that streets in a Muslim city (Cairo) possessed some common themes and patterns that created for them a characteristic structure. The purpose of this study is to verify the existence of such a structure and to explore some of the implicit principles that may have governed its shaping The lessons learnt from the analysis of the street structure and its development, provide a better understanding of the history of a built environment and of the physical factors that shaped its urban form. Ultimately, it may be possible to generate from the study a general set of criteria ·which could identify the extent of traditionality in a given project. These rules could also assist urban designers in the formulation of design criteria extracted from the history of the built environment
Aesthetics of sustainable architecture by Sang Lee( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book deals with the aesthetic potentials of sustainable architecture and its practice. In contrast to the mechanistic model, the book attempts to open a new area of scholarship and debate on sustainability in the design and production of architecture. It traces and underscores how the consideration of environment and sustainability is directly connected to aesthetic propositions in architecture
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Cairo : histories of a city
Alternative Names
Al-Sayyad, Nezar

Al Sayyas, Nezar.

Nezar al-Sayyad.

Nezar AlSayyad.

Nezar AlSayyad Professor of Architecture, Planning, Urban Design and History

Nizā̄r al-Sayyid

NizŻar al-Sayyid.

Sayyad, Nezar al.

Sayyad, Nezar al 1955-

Sayyid, Nizā̄r

Sayyid, NizŻar.

صياد، نزار

English (129)

Spanish (6)

Muslim Europe or Euro-Islam : politics, culture, and citizenship in the age of globalizationCities and caliphs : on the genesis of Arab Muslim urbanismHybrid urbanism : on the identity discourse and the built environmentUrban informality : transnational perspectives from the Middle East, Latin America, and South AsiaConsuming tradition, manufacturing heritage : global norms and urban forms in the age of tourismThe end of tradition?Making Cairo medievalThe fundamentalist city? : religiosity and the remaking of urban space