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Title: Behind the Roshan : Visualising the Roshan as an Architectural Experience in Traditional Domestic Interiors
Author: Al-Murahhem, Faredah Mohsen
ISNI:       0000 0001 3407 4217
Awarding Body: University of Brighton
Current Institution: University of Brighton
Date of Award: 2008
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This research is important within the context of a distinct lack of detailed studies in the field, blended with the continuing disappearance of the roshan through relentless modern development. Yet the contribution of this study is timely. 'Behind the Roshan', unlike many other studies, focuses on the roshan's habitation and the experience of being within it. It also tells the story of its terminology and its historical background, both within its original milieu and beyond. Moreover, the study emphasises the senses and the fluid meaning of the space at different times during the day and on special occasions. This work is particularly apposite, . at a time when experience and understanding of the roshan is fast vanishing. Visualising the roshan is a critical analysis that examines the roshan from different perspectives: firstly, from the Orientalists as nonnative inhabitants, in their visualising of the roshan from outside, as well as their experience of being within it. Secondly, that of the indigenous inhabitants who experience their own senses; capturing various scenes within traditional interiors. 'Behind the Roshan' offers an understanding of the roshan in a holistic cultural context of nineteenth-century domestic interiors in the Islamic world. It also looks beyond the notion of the roshan, locating it alongside current essential aspects, such as the bijab (veil), in relationship to architecture. The sensory experience within the roshan complements this cultural perception and offers an insight into the normal daily inhabitation of this element within the interior. The final format of this project is significant in its documentation of visual evidence, a counterpart to the cultural, social and historical discussions that precede it. The written component is accompanied by a CD-ROM, with an interactive presentation of the heritage of the roshan. The complete study makes a comprehensive document of the roshan accessible to a wider audience, recording the visual language of its experience, in time and culture, in a digital format. There is currently no reference that offers an interactive document ' including text, still and moving images with aural elements to enhance the visualisation and the experience of the roshan. This endeavour therefore makes a major contribution to .. the originality of this research. Most importantly, it will reclaim the roshan for Islamic architecture in terms of definition and knowledge.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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