Home and the embodiment of privacy

Othman, Zulkeplee, Buys, Laurie, & Aird, Rosemary (2013) Home and the embodiment of privacy. In TS+B1 (Time, Space and Body) Global Conference, 12-13 February 2013, Mercure Hotel, Sydney, Australia. (Unpublished)


A home is an embodiment of human privacy, apart from providing shelter, security and several other functions. Achieving the desired level of privacy at home is very important in Muslim societies. Privacy is intended to protect the female members of the family from strangers, especially while entertaining guests at home. One way of controlling levels of exposure of the domestic domains to strangers is by controlling privacy levels. This research will investigate perceptions of privacy among Australian Muslims when entertaining guests at their homes. This research will also investigate the extent that modesty (achieved through both appearance and design) acts as the balancing factor in achieving a family’s desired levels of privacy while also affording them the capacity to be hospitable to guests. This research will use a qualitative approach to investigate Australian Muslim homes around Queensland, predominantly in the Brisbane area. A total number of 20 to 60 participants (10 to 30 males, 10 to 30 females) ranging from 25 to 55 years old will be interviewed. Ideally, participants will be those who have children or extended families (parents or siblings) living in the house. The data will be coded and analysed for the purpose of generating new knowledge for architects and designers when designing Muslim homes. It will also extend the current body of knowledge related to privacy mechanisms in housing designs, thereby benefitting architects and designers in the future.

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ID Code: 67484
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: home, perceptions, Australian Muslims, Islam, privacy, modesty, hospitality, domestic, Brisbane
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Please consult the authors
Deposited On: 17 Feb 2014 22:29
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2014 20:09

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