A Caravanserai on the Route to Modernity

Andrea Duranti

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:
A Caravanserai on the Route to Modernity

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The history of the Iranian community in Istanbul is strictly connected with that of the Valide Han, the largest urban caravanserai of the whole city, built in the 17th century within the commercial heart of the city, north of the Grand Bazaar, which would have become the headquarters of the Iranian constitutionalist movement in the second half of the 19th century. This chapter aims to analyze both the history of the creation of this unique structure and the social role of the building in the urban area of Istanbul since the 19th century, evidencing the role of the Persian community in its affirmation as one of the most important Khans of the Ottoman capital.

Keywords: Valide Han; Valide Khan; Han; Khan; Istanbul; Grand Bazaar; Persian; Iranian diaspora; constitutional revolution

Chapter.  7308 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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