The Privacy Aspects in the Malay Dwelling


  • Noorul Huda Mohd Razali Centre of Post Graduate Studies, Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia
  • Anuar Talib Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia



Privacy, Malay dwelling, floor space planning, Islamic perspectives of privacy


The Malay dwelling (MD) in Melaka demonstrated the Malay cultural norms, religious beliefs and the basic requirements of privacy in Islam. Privacy needs of the family members and the non-mahram visitor is determinant for designing the space planning in MD.  Different types of dwelling size were selected in order to investigate the concept of privacy.  Research methodology was designed on occupant observation, layout plan measurement and in-depth interviews. The results affect the privacy provisions and behaviors of MD occupants. Moreover, these findings assist to produce new design recommendations of layout plans, to achieve the privacy level from Islamic perspective.

Keywords: Privacy; Malay dwelling; floor space planning; Islamic perspectives of privacy

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How to Cite

Mohd Razali, N. H., & Talib, A. (2018). The Privacy Aspects in the Malay Dwelling. Asian Journal of Behavioural Studies, 3(11), 157–167.