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The Bazaar in the Islamic CityDesign, Culture, and History$
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Mohammad Gharipour

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165290

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165290.001.0001

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Ideal-type and Urban History

Ideal-type and Urban History

The Development of the Suq in Damascus

(p.51) 2 Ideal-type and Urban History
The Bazaar in the Islamic City

Nasser Rabbat

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter traces the development of the Suq in Damascus from the coming of Islam to the advent of modernity (7th to 19th century). It focuses on the urban and architectural characters of the suq and analyzes the changes in its layout, form and significance over time. The Damascus suq was not a variant on the ideal type of the “Islamic City” but a dynamic cultural artifact responsive primarily to its changing economic and political circumstances.

Keywords:   Suq, Islamic City, Damascus, ideal-type, hara, suwayqa, khan, waqf, Maydan

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