Introduction

The Conference on Islamic Heritage Architecture and Art started in Valencia, Spain (2016) and, following its success, it is now being reconvened. The second meeting is to take place in Malta from 17th to 19th April 2018.

The Conference aims to highlight the importance of Islamic Heritage Architecture and Art to the world and its influence across different regions.

The Meeting will deal with the design of many types of buildings in Islamic countries, including not only the better known public buildings like mosques, mausolea, citadels and forts, but also houses and gardens, engineering works such as bridges and dams, irrigation systems and many others which have also had a profound impact on society.

Islamic Architecture has enriched design with a wide variety of structural shapes, including among others, unique arches, a wide variety of vaults and domes which allow for new forms to be developed. The influence that these structural forms have in non-Islamic countries will be one of the themes of the Conference.

There is much to learn from past experiences to arrive at solutions which are environmentally sound and sustainable in the long term. As conventional energy resources become scarce, the Islamic design heritage can offer invaluable lessons on how to deal in an efficient manner with cases of hard and extreme environments.

Traditional architecture and urban environment in most Islamic countries is now being eroded by overemphasis on global type of architecture and city planning. As a consequence, many regions are losing their identity. The Conference will aim to review these developments in the light of what the classical Islamic urban designs and architectures have to offer modern society.

An equally important part of the Meeting will analyse the materials employed and the types of structural elements, particularly those unique to Islamic architecture. Associated topics of discussion will include music, textiles and ceramics, which are essential parts of the architectural fabric. The Conference will encompass papers on construction materials, including not only stone and brick but also more perishable materials like adobe, wood and reeds.

Preserving that Heritage also requires the development of appropriate conservation techniques in response to the different materials used and the ways structural forms work, including under extreme conditions, such as earthquakes.

Papers relevant to the influence of Islamic architecture on the development of new structural form, shape and design in the Western countries are particularly welcome.

The Meeting will be of interest to all researchers, practitioners and government employees actively involved in the topic of Islamic Heritage Architecture and Art.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Islamic Heritage 2018. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Historical aspects
  • Heritage studies
  • Archeological studies
  • Mosques and minarets
  • Conservation and restoration
  • Oman and Eastern Saudi Arabian Architecture
  • Citadels and fortifications
  • Urban environment
  • Baths and caravansereis
  • Palaces
  • Houses and gardens
  • Bridges and dams
  • Irrigation systems
  • Climate adaptability
  • Structural aspects
  • The use of light and orientation
  • Construction materials
  • Architecture in Malaysia and Indonesia
  • Mediterranean Islamic heritage
  • The upper Gulf (Kuwait and Basra)
  • The central Gulf (Bahranian and Qatar)
  • The lower Gulf architecture
  • The Persian coast and islands
  • The Trucial coast (Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the Northern Emirates)
  • Classical Ottoman architecture
  • The Balkans legacy
  • The Black and Caspian sea legacies
  • Islamic architecture along the Silk Road
  • Islamic architecture in China
  • Afghanistan and Persia
  • Islamic architecture in the ex-Soviet republics
  • The Indian continent
  • Islamic architecture in Al-Andalus and other Spanish regions
  • Influences in the Americas
  • Islamic architecture in Africa
  • New cities and the search for authenticity

Benefits of Attending

Publication of Papers
Papers presented at Islamic Heritage 2018 are to be published by WIT Press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in an issue of the International Journal of Heritage Architecture.

Reviews
To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are peer reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check.

Open Access
WIT Press is an advocate of Open Access which offers maximum dissemination of your work. All WIT Transactions and Journal papers can be downloaded for free from the wit elibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Indexing and Archiving
Papers presented at Wessex Institute conferences are referenced by CrossRef and have appeared in notable reviews and databases. Papers are submitted to various indexing services such as Web of Science, Google Scholar and Scopus. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Conference Proceedings
At registration delegates will be given copies of the papers presented at the Conference on a USB Flash drive. Following the Conference, delegates will receive an electronic copy of the final publication in which their paper has been published.

Digital Archive
All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary) where they are permanently and freely available to the International Scientific Community.

Networking
Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, as part of a unique community.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students
The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at its conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much reduced conference fee.


*Google Scholar Indexation  WIT Press has made all its conference and journal papers open access in an effort to help its dissemination within the scientific and technical community.

This means that you are now able to download any paper in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary) totally free and without having to pre-register.

This major development has the added benefit of allowing the Google Scholar search engines to fully index all WIT papers.

Google Scholar is a search engine created specifically for researchers to facilitate the indexation and citation of academic papers free of charge. This service is becoming the most accepted comprehensive benchmark and quality standard.

In Google Scholar you will be able to see the number of citations of your articles as well as the ‘h-index’ ranking for both author and publications. The h-index is the largest number h such that at least h articles (by the author or in a publication) were cited at least h times each.

The impact of your work is given by the ‘i10 index’ which refers to the number of publications within the last 10 years that have at least 10 citations.

You can also easily create within the system an Author’s Profile which helps to highlight your achievements.

Google Scholar is becoming the most popular system in the world and its metrics are independent and unbiased. Unlike other ranking systems, it is free.

Publication of Papers

Papers presented at Islamic Heritage are to be published by WIT press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in an issue of the International Journal of Heritage Architecture (ISSN: 2058-8321; Digital ISSN: 2058-833X).

All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com) where they are permanently and freely available to the international scientific community.

WIT Transactions have since 1993 been publishing exceptional conference papers which are referenced by CrossRef and have been indexed in international databases. All conference books are catalogued and archived in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access

WIT strongly believes that removing the barrier to research published online will greatly aid progress in all scientific and technical disciplines, as well as all other spheres of knowledge. Most WIT conference and all journal papers are freely available online.

Location, Country

MaltaThe Maltese Islands lie virtually at the centre of the Mediterranean, 93km south of Sicily and 288km north of Africa. The archipelago consists of three inhabited islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino as well as two uninhabited. In its history, Malta has acted as a safe harbour for refuge, an important trading point, a staging post for rest and replenishment and a vital military and naval base.  Malta offers visitors an incredible amount of attractions within its historically interesting towns and villages including various museums of architecture and art, palaces, churches and gardens. Valetta, its capital, has been awarded as European Cultural Capital in 2018. Malta was occupied by the Muslims for more than 200 years, a period that originated the unique Arabic based Maltase language.

 

Conference Venue and Accommodation

The conference will take place at the Ramla Bay Resort, located on a secluded peninsula on the northern coast of Malta, overlooking the picturesque islands of Gozo and Comino. The hotel has over 400 spacious rooms, each with a private balcony or terrace, and equipped with satellite television and air conditioning. The Ramla Bay Resort has a wide range of leisure facilities for guests, including a private sandy beach, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, fitness and wellness area.

The Resort hosts several ‘wine & dine’ options for you to choose from, including our main buffet restaurant The Horizon, and the al fresco Alang-Alang, which is charmingly perched overlooking the sea. The Mojitos Beach Terrace serving cocktails and Latino cuisine right by the water’s edge. The Seabreeze Casual dining right on the pool deck and the Watermelon Juice Bar mouth-watering fruit bar serving a healthy option of freshly made smoothie, fruit juice, or fruit salad.

Address:

Marfa, L/O Mellieha, 
MLH 7100, Malta 
Tel.    +356 2281 2281

 

Additional Information

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Comments from delegates that have attended our conferences

Excellent conference. A group of professionals concerned about the destiny of the architectural heritage. Mariolly Dávila

The overall experience was great. The conference provided a platform for international collaborations and understanding. Well done to Wessex Institute Nor Hussain

I have been having an excellent experience with Wessex Institute Israel Felzenszwalb

First and foremost, I very much like the very professional way of organising so many congresses on such a wide range of topics and levels of complexity. Second, the mix of attendants/experts from all over the world leads to nice discussions and exchanges of ideas. Every time, there are things to learn and take home. Third, I like the very friendly, rather personal, atmosphere. Fourth, the limited number of attendants means that there are no crowds or messy situations. Fifth, everything is perfectly clear, from start to finish, there are no surprises. Sixth, the key organizer is a very amiable and accessible team player. There is no complex organisation with many levels of decision making Jaap Vleugel

Very interesting conference, the papers were well researched. Ihuoma Onungwa

The conference provided us with an intercultural and scientific exchange with respect to the current relevance of water research Mariza Abrameto (UNRN Argentina)

Quite interesting, good meetings, new colleagues from other countries, professionaly good to know more about WIT Conferences Vera Maria Lopes Ponçano

Great atmosphere with extensive interaction amongst delegates Derek Northwood

It was an interesting experience, meeting participants from other countries, exchanging ideas, deducting logical solution for serious problems related to sustainability and quality of life Dr. Maged Youssef

A great experience interacting with colleagues from all over the world on a personal level. It was interesting to learn about others' projects and affirm the value of the work we are doing in sustainable planning and development Julia Murphy

It's been a great experience attending the WIT Conference on Sustainable Development and Planning. The process of abstract and paper review has been smooth and well coordinated throughout. I would highly recommend next generation scholars to engage in the future conferences organised by WIT Sarbeswar Praharah

A great experience interacting with colleagues from all over the world on a personal level. It was interesting to learn about others' projects and affirm the value of the work we are doing in sustainable planning and development Julia Murphy

Very good conference and I will attend again and encourage my Faculty to attend Thomas C. Sammons

The experience in the conference was really good. The conference was well organized and I felt very confortable. The quality of the contents was very interesting. For sure I will attend the next conference Antonio José Tenza-Abril

A very fruitful and rewarding cooperation Germán Rodríguez Rodríguez

I have been having an excellent experience with Wessex Institute Israel Felzenszwalb

This was my first conference participation organized by Wessex Institute (WI) and I intend to get involved annually Dr Shadung Moja, South Africa

As always it was a very pleasant experience and I like the wide thematic and regional spread of the participants Michael Groll

My experience with the Wessex Institute was very good Domenica Mirauda

The organization and location was excellent as always Ekkehard Christoffels