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Mohamed Makiya: A Modern Architect Renewing Islamic Tradition

Author/EditorMakiya: Dabrowska, Karen (Author)
Publisher: Saqi Books
ISBN: 9780863564161
Pub Date24/08/2021
BindingHardback
Pages272
Dimensions (mm)222(h) * 142(w) * 32(d)
Fascinating biography of one of the Middle East's greatest architects whose life story is intrinsically connected to that of Iraq.
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'Makiya was Baghdad and Baghdad was Makiya.' These words sum up the life of one of the Middle East's most famous architects. Mohamed Makiya's career spanned seven decades and included projects in more than ten countries. He was a master of incorporating traditional and classical styles into modern architecture. For Makiya, the continuity of tradition as a 'living dimension' was the justification for his work.

Makiya was revered as a teacher of architecture in Iraq, where he set up the first Department of Architecture at Baghdad University in 1959. Makiya was also a promoter of Iraqi art, which he displayed at his Kufa Gallery in London that was set up to build a bridge between the East and the West.

This compelling biography reveals the life of a visionary who achieved remarkable feats in Iraq and whose philosophy and humanity crossed all borders and cultures.

'Makiya was Baghdad and Baghdad was Makiya.' These words sum up the life of one of the Middle East's most famous architects. Mohamed Makiya's career spanned seven decades and included projects in more than ten countries. He was a master of incorporating traditional and classical styles into modern architecture. For Makiya, the continuity of tradition as a 'living dimension' was the justification for his work.

Makiya was revered as a teacher of architecture in Iraq, where he set up the first Department of Architecture at Baghdad University in 1959. Makiya was also a promoter of Iraqi art, which he displayed at his Kufa Gallery in London that was set up to build a bridge between the East and the West.

This compelling biography reveals the life of a visionary who achieved remarkable feats in Iraq and whose philosophy and humanity crossed all borders and cultures.

Karen Dabrowska is a journalist, writer and currently the development officer for the Sudanese National Council. She was previously the editor of New Horizon magazine, and the London correspondent for the Jana News Agency. Her other publications include Iraq: The Ancient Sites and Iraq Bradt Travel Guide.

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