The Bazaar in the Islamic CityDesign, Culture, and History

The Bazaar in the Islamic CityDesign, Culture, and History

Mohammad Gharipour

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9789774165290

Publisher: American University in Cairo Press


The main objective of this book is to explore the dynamics of the bazaar within a broad socio-spatial and political perspective by investigating a number of case studies from North Africa to the Middle East. It includes papers on different facets of the bazaar from historical, architectural, sociological, and anthropological perspectives. The Middle Eastern bazaar is much more than a context for commerce: the studies in this book illustrate that markets, regardless of their location, scale, and permanency, have also played important cultural roles within their societies, reflecting historical evolution, industrial development, social and political conditions, urban morphology, and architectural functions. This interdisciplinary volume explores the dynamics of the bazaar with a number of case studies from Cairo, Damascus, Aleppo, Nablus, Bursa, Istanbul, Sana'a, Kabul, Tehran, and Yazd. Although they share some contextual and functional characteristics, each bazaar has its own unique and fascinating history, traditions, cultural practices, and structure. One of the most intriguing aspects revealed in this volume is the thread of continuity from past to present exhibited by the bazaar as a forum where a society meets and intermingles in the practice of goods exchange—a social and cultural ritual that is as old as human history.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

Mohammad Gharipour

4 Commerce in the Emerging Empire

Özlem Köprülü Bağbancı

6 The Suqs of Sanaa

Franck Mermier

7 Crafts and Trade

Naseer Arafat

9 Politics and Patronage

Fatema Soudavar Farmanfarmaian

11 Form and Function

Ali Modarres

12 New Trinkets in Old Spaces

Anna Madoeuf and Marika Snider