Dirasat: Human and Social Sciences

From 2000 to 2018

ISSN 1026-3721

Dirasat: Human and Social Sciences is an open access, peer-reviewed and refereed journal published by The University of Jordan. The main objective of the journal is to provide an intellectual platform for all scholars from Jordanian and international universities. Dirast: Human and Social Sciences journal articles are indexed in SCOPUS, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. The journal is developing to become one of the leading journals for humanities and social sciences in the region.

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Urban Fabric of the Arab-Islamic City through the Journey of Ibn Jubeir (578 A.H/1182 -581 A.H/1185)


Ibn Jubeir, the Arab Muslim traveler, set out on his pilgrimage to Mecca from Granada in Andalusia which lasted two years and three months, passing numerous Arab Islamic cities , recorded observations about them in his book:" Resalat E'tibar Alnasek fe thekr alathar alkareemah walmanasek". The Researcher identified the number of cities as 37, 12 of which were in Egypt, two cities in the Arabian Peninsula, 5cities in Iraq, 8cities in the land of Euphrates Island, and 10 cities in the Levant. This study aimed to identify urban fabric components of these cities, as described by Ibn Jubeir, which were distributed among the four types: Residential buildings, religious buildings, defensive buildings, and service buildings(khans, parks, Albemaristans, Hammamat …etc.) The researcher used the historical analytical approach to trace Ibn Jubeir’s Journey between these cities. The study came up with several findings referred to comprehensive Arab-Islamic in urban planning.


Khlaif M Gharaibeh


Urban Fabric, Ibn Jubeir, The Arab-Islamic City, Urban Components.