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Islamic Architecture
 
Architecture de loisir -- Architecture of leisure
Bonjour,

Je cherche des informations sur l'architecture de loisir dans la culture arabo-musulmane; bains publics cafés etc..., ainsi que sur la place du loisir "otium" dans la societe musulmane.

Merci d'avance pour votre aide.

[Translation by moderator:] I am researching places of leisure in arabo-muslim culture, such as public baths, cafes, etc., a place for "otium" in Muslim society. Thank you, in advance, for your help.

Ahmed Souguir
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Architecture de loisir -- Architecture of leisure
Ahmed, "otium" looks like a Latin word. Has anyone any idea what it means?
Frank John Snelling
Architecture de loisir -- Architecture of leisure
Merci pour votre interet.

Je voulais dire « otium », dans le sens de la différence que font les anciens grecs et Romans entre « negotium » et « otium » otium est un concept qui n'est pas tout a fait le « loisir » tel qu'on entend aujourd'hui, mais qui englobe toute activité qui n'est pas lié a la survie. tout activité lié a la survie fait partie du "negotum" comme le transport, la plupart du travail, negoce etc...

Mais peut etre ce n'est pas le terme le plus adequat.

[Translation by moderator:] Thank you for your interest. I wanted to use the word "otium" in the sense of the different that ancient Greek and Romans saw between "negotium" and "otium". Otium is a concept that is not quite the equivalent of the term 'leisure' as we understand it today, but it encompasses all activities that are not linked to survival. All activities that allow us to survive -- such as transportation, most of work, trace, etc. -- are part of "negotium." Perhaps this is not the most adequate term...

Ahmed Souguir
Architecture de loisir -- Architecture of leisure
Ahmed,

Thank you for the explanation. Leisure is probably the best generic word in English, although we do use "pastime", "playtime", the American "R and R" (rest and relaxation") as well as the English "recreation".

Today, many of these words tend to be lumped together as "socialising".
Frank John Snelling
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