The Codes

Titlesort icon Author Date Place Description
Ibn Abu Zaid's code Ibn Abu Zaid 10th century Tunisia Ibn Abu Zaid's codes from the 10th century include complete details of construction and building codes, and matters related to cities.
Ibn al-Imam treatise Ibn al-Imam 10th century Mediterannean The treatise of Ibn al-Imam (died 996 A.D.) is an early code from Islamic culture in Spain, dating from the late 10th century.
Ibn al-Rami code; includes Ibn al-Imam’s lost treatise Ibn al-Rami and Ibn al-Imam 14th century Tunisia "A master builder by the name of Ibn al-Rami wrote a complete treatise on building construction. He used a lot of the material ... from those earlier Arabic manuscripts, including Ibn al-Imam’s manuscript. Plus, he included his own experiences and interpretations from being a master builder" (Hakim, 2002, Byzantine and Islamic Codes from the Mediterranean).
Julian of Ascalon’s Treatise of Construction and Design Rules Julian of Ascalon 6th century Palestine "Julian's treatise is a compilation of construction and design rules that address the prevention of nuisances and potential damages to proximate neighbors resulting from building activities associated with change and growth in the built environment" (Hakim, 2001).
Justinian’s Code Justinian I, Byzantine Emperor 6th century Eastern Roman Empire The Justinian Code (or Corpus Juris Civilis) is a compilation of Roman law published during the reign of Emperor Justinian I (A.D. 483–565).
Malik's code Malik 8th century Some texts of Imam Malik (712-795) from Medina in Arabia include a number of issues related to building codes and construction matters.
The Ten Books on Architecture Vitruvius 1st Century BC Various This chapter describes Vitruvius’ ideas on the siting of new towns.