Ideal-type and Urban History

Nasser Rabbat

in The Bazaar in the Islamic City

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9789774165290
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781617971334 | DOI:
Ideal-type and Urban History

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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

Chapter.  8344 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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