The Islamicization of Architecture and Environmental Design Education

By Maheran Yaman and Mansor Ibrahim.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Environment is a ramified source to testify the truth of the Islamic ilm (education). Iqra (the first word in Quran revealation meaning to read) through environment is the way of instilling the future human capital in practice in order to gain not just worldly material gain but also spiritually development. The philosophy of ‘garden of knowledge and virtue’ adopted by IIUM could be testified for such purpose. This is achieved by the implementing of triple IIICE that becomes the niche of IIUM’s education approach which is ‘tauhidic (oneness)’ orientated. Knowledge shall be propagated in the spirit of tawhid leading towards the recognition of Allah as the absolute Creator and Master of mankind. This represents the apex in the hierarchy of knowledge. Knowledge is a trust (amanah) from Allah and its development shall be in conformity with the purpose behind Allah’s creation of the universe. Knowledge should be utilised by man, as the servant (‘abid) of Allah and vicegerent (khalifah) on earth, in accordance with the will of Allah. The quest for knowledge is regarded as an act of worship (‘ibadah). KAED aims at becoming a leading international centre of educational excellence which seeks to restore the dynamic and progressive role of the Muslim Ummah (society) in all environmental related programmes. The ‘niche areas’ can be the methods applied in a particular discipline or programme, i.e. Islamicization of curriculum. Islamicization refers to the process of integration of the revealed knowledge and “acquired knowledge” such as Islamic ethics and professional knowledge. The paper reviews KAED’s approach in designing and implementing its programmes. The feedbacks from the students and professional are also surveyed for further improvement.

Keywords: Environment, Islamic, Education

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 10, pp.1-4. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 514.062KB).

Dr. Maheran Yaman

Lecturer/Head of Department, Department of Landscape Architecture, International Islamic University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

An academia in landscape architecture reside in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Teaching in a 25 years old university consists of 100 international nations. Currently, involved in self sustained development for disabled in local village, using herbs as therapy and economic return. Also, is on an on-going research about colonial landscape archeology back home in Malaysia. A research member too with Kyoto University under JSPS undergoing a research about Mangrove.

Prof. Mansor Ibrahim

Dean, Kulliyah of Architecture and Environmental Design, International Islamic University Malaysia, Gombak, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Ph.D in Land Resources M.Sc in Urban and Regional Planning University of Wisconsin USA

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