5th International ILEM Summer School analysied Urban Crises and Trends in the Muslim World.
Contemporary capitalist structures must contend with the global system, widening capital instruments, political approaches, certain crises such as poverty, immigration and regional disparities as well as wars and occupations that impact the city mentality of Muslim societies. This fact leads to tension and the questioning of how to build appropriate environments.
Within this context, the 5th International ILEM Summer School sought to raise questions about what types of cities and living spaces should be offered to Muslims. New cases, facts and experiences was be discussed in conferences, seminars, lectures and workshops under the following subtitles: Memory, Modernity and Power.
Memory, which refers to those geographies in which earlier Muslims erected a civilization, offers significant conceptualizations. Modernity looks at how the built environment reflects the new capitalist relationships and new perspectives of social change. Power analyses how the formal changes growing out of the new institutionalizations produced by governments and/or peoples may engender political relationships that can have both positive and negative impacts upon cities in the Muslim world.
The Muslims’ intellectual traditions have the potential to respond to the contemporary world’s ongoing environmental and urban crises. The Scientific Studies Association (ILEM) and the Prime Minister’s Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) cordially invited researchers from around the world to share their intellectual experience during this annual event, which was held on July 9-14, 2018, in Istanbul.
Throughout the 4th IISS social activities took place too and participants were able to pay close attention to the cultural heritage of Istanbul during the Historical Peninsula and Bosphorus tours.