Category: Islam

Bypassing the twentieth century: Part 2, the future becomes the present

11 February, 2011 (11:09) | Aleppo, Bilateral agencies, Cities, Formalization, GTZ, Infrastructure, Islam, NGOs, Slum upgrading, Speculation, Syria, Urban renewal |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   As we saw in yesterday’s post, to create the future out of the past, a city’s infrastructure – including its grid layout and traffic patterns – have to be remade, all the while preserving the buildings that are its cultural heritage.    Crossroads of […]

Bypassing the twentieth century: Part 1, the past is ever with us

10 February, 2011 (11:11) | Aleppo, Bilateral agencies, Cities, Formalization, GTZ, Infrastructure, Innovations, Islam, NGOs, Slum upgrading, Speculation, Syria, Urban renewal |

By: David A. Smith   Cities are urban palimpsests, each new culture laid atop the old, which lies buried in the ruble underneath – or, if the city is continuously inhabited, like Aleppo, still coexisting, the new and the old cheek by jowl.   How many centuries can you see in this picture?   That […]

Financing homes under Islam

18 August, 2005 (09:22) | Homeownership, Interest, Islam, Islamic finance |

Though the Bible says, “Neither a borrower nor a lender be,” for Americans that has long been taken as an admonition rather than a command.  Not so for many Muslims, who find the Koran’s strictures against not just usury but also borrowing forced them to choose between their faith and their home, as this insightful […]