Maintaining social sustainability through the boundary formation of sacred spaces in moslem dwellings

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Abstract

This paper addresses the issue of social sustainability in the daily spatial practices in dwellings. In particular, it discusses the establishment of sacred spaces in the everyday activities of Moslems in their dwellings, as manifested through the boundaries between clean and dirty zones related to religious rituals. The study employed a qualitative approach and the use of a case study as the method. The case study consists of six Moslem dwellings in urban areas, using in-depth interviews and observations to obtain data about the activities and behaviors of the dwellers. The boundaries between clean and dirty zones were found to be established based on the journey of footwear in the house. The formation of these boundaries could be considered a mechanism for maintaining the place's sustainability-a way to maintain the cultural identity of Moslems in their dwellings. The sustainability of sacred places was established through social agreement on the use of spaces and the boundaries defined for temporary spaces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-143
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Technology
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020

Keywords

  • Moslem dwelling
  • Sacred spaces
  • Social sustainability
  • Spatial agreement
  • Temporary

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