The Suqs of Sanaa

Franck Mermier

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:
The Suqs of Sanaa

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Before it became the capital of a unified Yemen (in 1990), Sana'a was the political and economic hub of the high plateau. Located at the crossroads of seven tribal territories, the city is situated at the center of a regional network of weekly markets. Before the 1960s, its market included about forty specialized suqs. Today, many specialized suqs have disappeared while the number of actual shops has reached two thousand. The market continues to be an important centre for the commercialization of agricultural products and the production of certain crafts. This chapter discusses the pivotal role played by the suqs in the relationship between the city and the countryside, as well as the issue of the market's centrality in the context of Sanaa's actual urban expansion.

Keywords: Sana'a suqs; market centrality; market administration; crafts; janbiyya; consumptions practices; urban expansion

Chapter.  5380 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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