Cemberlitas Hamami in Istanbul: The Biographical Memoir of a Turkish Bath (Edinburgh Studies on the Ottoman Empire) 1st Edition
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The bathhouse was at the center of Ottoman life, and consequently reflected the social transformations that occurred in the Ottoman Empire and Turkish Republic. The Çembirlitaş Hamam in Istanbul was an impressive monument, designed by the great architect Sinan and endowed by the legendary Nurbanu, yet it was also a utilitarian building that served the needs of daily life.
In a field dominated by studies of the Ottoman state and its extensive bureaucracy, this book―written with verve and style―uses the metaphor of biography to examine the bath as an institution, building type, waterwork, sensory experience, poetic subject, and social event. Rich in detail, it explores everything from property law to towels. An inscription at the Çembirlitaş Hamam proclaims: "This pleasurable hamam is a wonderful place" – and Reader, this delightful study is a wonderful book., D. Fairchild Ruggles, University of Illinois
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- Publisher : Edinburgh University Press; 1st edition (November 16, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 392 pages
- ISBN-10 : 147443410X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1474434102
- Item Weight : 1.65 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.3 x 1 x 6.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,529,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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