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Damascus : Ottoman modernity and urban transformation (1808-1918)

Author: Stefan Weber, (Director of the Museum of Islamic Art)
Publisher: Århus [Denmark] : Aarhus University Press, ©2009.
Series: Proceedings of the Danish Institute in Damascus, 5.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Damascus, capital of the Ottoman province in Syria and one of the most important centres of the classical Muslim World, underwent some of the same developments in the 19th century as other urban centres in the Mediterranean area and beyond. In the course of the industrial revolution in Europe and the radical expansion of a worldwide network of traffic and communication, new ideas, techniques, material goods and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stefan Weber, (Director of the Museum of Islamic Art)
ISBN: 9788779344242 8779344240
OCLC Number: 263986016
Notes: Seven plans folded in back pocket, vol. 2.
Description: 2 volumes : illustrations (some color), maps, plans ; 28 cm + plans (color illustrations ; 25 x 42 cm).
Contents: V.1. Text --
v. 2. Catalogue. Volume 1: I. Introduction --
II. Protagonists of change --
III. Witness to change --
IV. Aspects of the transformation --
V. conclusions --
Volume 2: I. Appendices --
II. Catalogue --
III. Concordance.
Series Title: Proceedings of the Danish Institute in Damascus, 5.
Other Titles: Ottoman modernity and urban transformation (1808-1918)
Responsibility: by Stefan Weber.

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"Damascus, capital of the Ottoman province in Syria and one of the most important centres of the classical Muslim World, underwent some of the same developments in the 19th century as other urban centres in the Mediterranean area and beyond. In the course of the industrial revolution in Europe and the radical expansion of a worldwide network of traffic and communication, new ideas, techniques, material goods and architectural forms spread and challenged locally established patterns of urban and social organisation. This expansion and integration led to an increase in orientation of urban and social structures towards supra-regional models seen, for example, in architecture of houses, public buildings and bazaars or urban organization and clothing. Yet Damascus never became a "European city", but modernised in its own, unique ways. This study examines the society, architecture and urban planning, including the documentation of over one thousand buildings and public spaces, of the endangered UNESCO World Heritage Site of Damascus. The history of these buildings and their transformation are discussed, and many unpublished historical photographs provide an insight into lost and unknown private worlds and urban textures. From a micro-historical approach, this book unfolds the spaces of the everyday life of local actors and agents to unearth and relate the complexity and nonlinear quality of the processes, which transpired as an integral turning point in the history of the Middle East with its entry into modernity."--Publisher description.

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