Modernism and the Middle East aims to map the historical development of modern architecture and urban design in the Middle East. Emerging from scholarly papers originally presented in the symposium "Local Sites of Global Practice: Modernism and the Middle East," held at Yale University in April 2003, the book includes case studies of architecture and urbanism from several countries. In addition to offering a historical perspective, each chapter strives to contextualize architectural practice within the discourses of national and postcolonial identities. Taken together, these essays explain the challenges facing architecture at different historical stages: colonialism, the rise of nation-states, and the emergence of postcolonial local identities. The essays take an assortment of approaches and methodologies——the authors come from urban planning, architecture, literature, and art history. Such diversity, as well as its analytical nature, makes this book a unique addition to the...

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