Urban Heritage Along the Silk Roads

A Contemporary Reading of Urban Transformation of Historic Cities in the Middle East and Beyond

  • Fatemeh Farnaz Arefian
  • Seyed Hossein Iradj Moeini

Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Fatemeh Farnaz Arefian, Seyed Hossein Iradj Moeini
    Pages 1-6
  3. Urban Heritage and Cultural Identity

  4. Governing Urban Heritage

  5. Post-War Reconstruction and Urban Heritage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Suheir M. S. Ammar, Nashwa Y. Alramlawi
      Pages 137-154
  6. Zooming In: Urban Heritage in Iran

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 261-268

About this book


This book examines examples of contemporary situation of historic regions in the Middle East and its broader geographic context connected to the historic trade routes, offering cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral perspectives. The region is home to ancient settlements and early human endeavors to form cities, and across the region historic urban historic features, such as ancient city centers, still exist alongside contemporary ones. Many of those historic regions are along the Silk Roads. However, the urban continuity that once existed over generations in the physical and social paradigm have been interrupted by rapid urbanization, globalization and urban economic pressures, in addition to conflicts and frequent destructive natural hazards. It is often the case that dealing with such pressing issues in a historic city is more complex than dealing with those in newly built cities and urban areas. Based on carefully selected and updated papers from the Silk Cities 2017 International Conference, this book appeals to researches, practitioners and policy makers.


Urban Heritage Middle East Central Asia Material Culture Post-crisis Reconstruction Urban Development Middle Eastern Cities Silk Cities 2017 International Conference

Editors and affiliations

  • Fatemeh Farnaz Arefian
    • 1
  • Seyed Hossein Iradj Moeini
    • 2
  1. 1.University of NewcastleSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Faculty of Architecture and Urban PlanningShahid Beheshti UniversityTehranIran

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