Aliasger Madraswala

PhD

We have returned as we had left: the Iḥyāʾ of al-Jāmeʿ al-Anwar and architectural restoration in Fāṭimī philosophy and thought

Qualifications

Master’s in Islamic Studies, al-Jāmiʿa al-Sayfīya, India
Master’s in Indo-Muslim Culture, Harvard University, USA

Supervisor(s)

Dr Aylin Orbasli, Professor Brian Goodey

Research project

I am interested in looking at concepts of architectural conservation in Islam, particularly through the lens of Fatimid texts and material culture. This interest stems from the contemporary restoration of the 11th century masjid of al-Hakim bi Amr Allah in Cairo, Egypt, one that has been a subject of debate between conservationists and art historians for decades. Particularly, I would like to explore the implications of European understandings of heritage and preservation when dealing with the Islamic built environment. My research will involve site visits to Cairo and understanding the implications of an ‘Islamic’ restoration three decades on. I believe that the study of the al-Hakim masjid restoration and similar restorations of Islamic places of worship, will be able to offer insight into the development of guidelines or principles that would prove useful in the restoration of places of religious importance in the Islamic world.

Conferences where research has been presented

BRAIS 2016 (British Association for Islamic Studies), University of London
Paper presented: Title: Taʿmīr and Tajdīd: Architectural Renovation in Fatimid Egypt

Aliasger Madraswala

PhD
We have returned as we had left: the Iḥyāʾ of al-Jāmeʿ al-Anwar and architectural restoration in Fāṭimī philosophy and thought

Supervisor(s)
Dr Aylin Orbasli
Professor Brian Goodey