Urban infrastructure in the Muslim majority countries: A situational analysis

Abdellaziz El Jaouhari, Samiul Hasan

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    This chapter presents descriptive and comparative analyses of current urbanization patterns in the Muslim majority countries (MMCs), and highlights the state of infrastructure in the MMCs' urban areas. The major discussion in the chapter relates the patterns of urbanization, and the infrastructure gap to geography and historical past of the MMCs. It prepares a composite infrastructure access index (IAI) to conclude that the large IAI scores in many countries are likely to eventually neutralize the economic benefits achieved by urban infrastructure. The chapter comments that planned measures need to be undertaken in the MMCs for the provision of transportation, water, and sanitation to improve the living conditions in both high- and low-density areas to stop transmigration between the two and to create better environment for human development.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Muslim World in the 21st Century
    Subtitle of host publicationSpace, Power, and Human Development
    PublisherSpringer Netherlands
    Number of pages21
    ISBN (Electronic)9789400726338
    ISBN (Print)9400726325, 9789400726321
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2012


    • Geography
    • Infrastructure
    • Population
    • Sanitation
    • Transportation
    • Urbanization
    • Water

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Social Sciences


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