The Bazaar in the Islamic City Design, Culture and History

by Mohammad Gharipour

The Bazaar in the Islamic City Design, Culture and History Synopsis

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.

The Bazaar in the Islamic City Design, Culture and History Press Reviews

Knowledgeably compiled and deftly edited by academician Mohammad Gharipour, this is a 320 page compendium comprised of twelve informed and informative scholarly articles presenting an interdisciplinary exploration of the history and dynamics of the bazaar through individual case studies drawn from the Islamic communities of Cairo, Damascus, Aleppo, Nablus, Bursa, Istanbul, Sana'a, Kabul, Tehran, and Yazd. An impressive work of seminal scholarship, The Bazaar in the Islamic City: Design, Culture, and History is a welcome and highly recommended contribution academic library Islamic Cultural & Historical Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists. --Midwest Book Review This pioneering academic work poses pertinent and complex questions about the future of the traditional bazaar in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. Some, like the bazaars of Damascus and Aleppo will never be the same again, or will take a decade or two to be restored to their former ambience and vitality. Indeed, many of the bazaars mentioned in this book may develop in a manner in which they will no longer be recognisable. In this context, The Bazaar in the Islamic City is destined to emerge as a key historical reference work. --Al-Ahram Weekly

Book Information

ISBN: 9789774165290
Publication date: 15th July 2012
Author: Mohammad Gharipour
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 320 pages
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About Mohammad Gharipour

Mohammad Gharipour teaches at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Morgan State University. He has published widely on the history of Islamic architecture and urban design, and is the director and founding editor of the International Journal of Islamic Architecture.

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