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The Making of the Old City

Faedah M. Totah

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774165290.003.0003
The Making of the Old City

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The prominence of suqs in the cityscape of the Old City of Damascus reflects their socio-political and economic importance to the viability of the city. Built in strategic places and near centers of power, their construction also indexed the power hierarchy of the city and struggle over the control of public space. Yet it was the social actors that made these public spaces meaningful through their daily use. Suq al-Hamidiya endures as an important destination since it not only demonstrates these qualities of the suq but has the added importance of demonstrating the process of urban change as a result of modernization. Built during a time of socio-political and economic transformation in the city it continues to reference the process of urban change in the city.

Keywords: Suq al-Hamidiya; Damascus; public space; modernization

Chapter.  9239 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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