Environmental Purity and Cleanliness: Applications and Practices in the Early Muslim Society

  • Tarik M Al-Soliman College of Architecture and Planning, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Keywords: Purity, cleanliness, hygiene, environment, muhtasib

Abstract

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5915/20-2-13268

Islamic jurisprudence had laid the foundation for the cleanliness and hygiene of the human environment through a network of rulings and specifications. The concept of "purity" was introduced to encompass the conditions of cleanliness and hygiene representing the pre-requisites for religious and biological activities. Through the practices and applications of the "Muhtasib,” those rulings and specifications were expanded and put to practice. This paper will attempt to illustrate how those rulings and practices have contributed to, and protected, public health long time before other cultures. Also, the modern contribution of such rulings and practices towards environmental health needs and regulations will be explored.

Author Biography

Tarik M Al-Soliman, College of Architecture and Planning, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Ph.D.

College of Architecture and Planning, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Published
1988-04-01
Section
Islamic Perspectives