WIT Press


ANCIENT TUNISIAN MOSQUES: MORPHOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE AND CLASSIFICATION



Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/HA-V1-N3-503-511

Volume

Volume 1 (2017), Issue 3

Pages

8

Page Range

503 - 511

Author(s)

I. CHERIF & N. ALLANI BOUHOULA

Abstract

This article is attempting to identify and understand the morphological characteristics related to the spatial structure of the ancient Tunisian mosques. The interest in these architectural objects made us think that the homogeneity of what is commonly called ‘ancient Tunisian mosque’ is not a unique model but can have a variety of recognizable morphological classes. Through a morphological analysis of 22 specimens, we were able to identify their distinctive features by determining their identity and their morphological structure. Thus we identified classes of specimens and classes of segments based on their shape and position. The linking of the intrinsic morphological knowledge with other fields of knowledge may provide us extrinsic explanations which in turn allowed us to identify the relationship that may exist between these architectural objects and their physical, temporal and cultural context.

Keywords

ancient mosques, form, morphological identity, position, spatial structure