Islamic Architecture and Interiors: Challenges versus Opportunities

  • Ali Saleh Alnajadah


Islamic Architecture and Interiors (IA&I) have been significantly influenced by the globalization concept and practices, accelerated technical advancement, growing environmental concerns, and frequent economic and political instabilities. As a result, the IA&I along with many other applied fields related to Muslim's lives and cultures suffered significantly. Therefore, the main objectives of this paper are to: 1) explore the relationship between Islamic Architecture and Islamic Interiors (IA&I), 2) identify the main characteristics of IA&I, 3) study the current status of IA&I, 4) highlight major factors currently influencing IA&I, 5) recognize major efforts taken to encourage and revitalize IA&I, 6) forecast possible future trends in IA&I, and finally 7) suggest a strategy with a working plans to insure proper revitalization and flourishment of IA&I.            Although it might be hard to, globally, maintain the originality and proper identity of Islamic Architecture and Interiors in the present time; however, it is quite essential to preserve them both from their current retreat. Both government and private institutions in all Islamic countries have the responsibility to face the rising challenges with serious investments in them as profitable opportunities in both fields of Architecture and Interior Design.


 Islam, Islamic, Architecture, Interior Design, Interiors, Exteriors