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Architectural Study of Historical Minarets in Northern Algeria

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Said Beldjilali, an Algerian researcher, is deeply passionate about colonial heritage architecture. He works at the University of Abed Hamid Iben Badis (UMAB) and holds an engineer's degree in architecture, a magister's degree in innovative materials and heritage preservation, and a doctorate in civil engineering. His academic journey began at the University of Abed Hamid Iben Badis, where he developed a strong foundation in architecture. His research primarily focuses on ecological materials for rehabilitation and the architecture of Islamic and colonial heritage in Algeria. Said has actively participated in various R&D projects, including the PRFU 2018 initiative by the Ministry of Research and Higher Education of Algeria. He has received several scholarships and awards, including post-doctoral mobility scholarships from the University of Valahia, Romania, and Erasmus mobility scholarships from the University of Porto, Portugal. Said has published numerous works on architectural ornaments, sustainable restoration, and the study of historical minarets in Northern Algeria. He is proficient in multiple languages, including English, French, Arabic, and Portuguese, and has a strong command of various architectural software. His dedication to preserving Algeria's architectural heritage is evident through his extensive research and active participation in international scientific meetings.

Paper Abstract

The Islamic heritage in Algeria is a treasured part of its cultural identity, especially evident in the architectural splendor of places of worship such as mosques. These religious structures are significant urban landmarks, distinguished by features like domes and minarets. Minarets, used by the muezzin to call the faithful to prayer, were traditionally situated near or within the mosque, adjacent to the prayer hall, and later evolved as prominent towers attached to mausoleums. This research focuses on analyzing minarets from various medieval periods in Algeria, including the Bani Hamad, Almoravid, Zayyanid, Marinid, and Ottoman eras. The study involves categorizing these minarets based on their typologies—dimensions, forms, and designs—and examining their historical evolution. The primary aim is to identify the typological characteristics of minarets from each period and explore the relationship between their dimensions and geometric parameters. Employing a monographic method, the research incorporates field observations, documentation, and historical analysis. Findings reveal that the vertical section of the minarets, maintaining consistent dimensions from top to bottom, constitutes two-thirds of the main tower, while the square horizontal section also makes up two-thirds, providing structural stability against earthquakes. These proportions not only enhance the minaret's aesthetic and architectural harmony but also contribute to its earthquake resistance.

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لوريم إيبسوم دولور سيت أميت، كونسيكتيتور أديبيسينغ إليت. سد كونسيكوات فيليت أت أنتي بيبندوم، إن ديكتوم إليت ديغنيسيم. إنتيجر أك ليغولا إو كوام كومودو إليمنتوم. أليكوام إيرات فولوتبات. فيسللوس أوت جوستو فيل سابين إيفيسيتور كورسوس. بروين نك ليو فيل دولور جرافيدا كونسيكتيتور. أوت إيد تورتور نيك توربيس لاسينيا فيوغيات. أليكوام إيرات فولوتبات. بيلينتيسكو