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The Continuity of Social Space

Janet Starkey

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/9789774165290.003.0005
The Continuity of Social Space

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This chapter examines the Khan al-Jumruk (‘Customs Khan’) and its place within the social space of the Aleppo commercial center, exploring the many-faceted spatial relationships and the synergy between the Khān al-Jumruk and the surrounding bazaars of the World Heritage site, the city of Aleppo in northern Syria. The khan was built in 1574 as part of a larger complex that included a qaysāriyyaand two sūqs. Typically it has a central interior courtyard with commercial enterprises on the ground floor and larger rooms and accommodation for traveling merchants on the first floor. It is also near other khans and caravanserais and is on a key route through the bazaar towards the citadel, which dominates the city and overshadows the bazaars.

Keywords: Aleppo; Khan al-Jumruk; bazaars; synergy; cosmopolis; social urban space

Chapter.  12813 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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