Commerce in the Emerging Empire

Özlem Köprülü Bağbancı

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:
Commerce in the Emerging Empire

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This chapter discusses the formation process of the Bursa trade center-Khans Region- in terms of varied commercial buildings such as khans, arasta bridge, closed bazaars, open markets and shops between the 14th and 16th centuries and the transformation of the region in the 19th century to the recent changes in the area. The number of khans increased in Bursa's commercial center, and new bazaars opened in the form of guilds, whose production and selling functions specialized in particular products, along with the philosophy of ahilik. After the effects of the Industrial Revolution, which spread from England in the 18th century to other countries including the Ottoman Empire, social, political, economic, and cultural changes occurred. The political, cultural, and social change experienced during the Republican period continued, with the construction of commercial, administrative, and cultural buildings in the Khans Region.

Keywords: Bursa Khans Region; Ottoman trade center; ahilik; trade routes; open markets; closed bazaars; külliye; waqf; transformation

Chapter.  5497 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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