The Codes

Title: Ibn al-Rami code; includes Ibn al-Imam’s lost treatise

Author: Ibn al-Rami and Ibn al-Imam

Date: 14th century




Image: Kairouan, Tunisia (Photo courtesy of Besim Hakim).


Besim Hakim has translated one sample page exactly as it is rendered in Arabic in the appendices of his book Arabic-Islamic Cities (1986).

Description: "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).