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Bayt Farhi and the Sephardic palaces of Ottoman Damascus in the late 18th and 19th centuries

Author: Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis
Publisher: Boston, MA : American Schools of Oriental Research, [2018] ©2018
Series: Annual of the American Schools of Oriental Research, v. 72.; Manar al-Athar monograph, 4.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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One of the largest and most important palatial houses of late 18th- and early 19th-century Damascus, Bayt Farhi belonged to the Farhi family, who served as financial administrators to successive Ottoman governors in Damascus and Acre. Illustrated with extensive colour photographs, plans, and reconstruction drawings, the book brings to life the home environment of the lost elite Sephardic community of Ottoman  Read more...
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Named Person: Farḥi, Familie
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis
ISBN: 9780897571005 0897571002
OCLC Number: 1013993090
Description: xvi, 336 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 29 cm.
Contents: The Farhi family and the Jewish community of Damascus in the 18th and 19th centuries --
Monumental courtyard houses in Ottoman Damascus and Syria --
Overview of the architecture of Bayt Farhi --
The Bayt Farhi inscriptions / by Ezra Ashkenazie --
Other 19th-century high status Jewish houses and their evolution --
The Barrani courtyard --
The Juwwani, middle, and service courtyards.
Series Title: Annual of the American Schools of Oriental Research, v. 72.; Manar al-Athar monograph, 4.
Responsibility: by Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis ; with contributions by Ezra Ashkenazie, Jeffery Burden, George H. Lewis, Judith S. Mckenzie, and Jason Montgomery.

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One of the largest and most important palatial houses of late 18th- and early 19th-century Damascus, Bayt Farhi belonged to the Farhi family, who served as financial administrators to successive Ottoman governors in Damascus and Acre. Illustrated with extensive colour photographs, plans, and reconstruction drawings, the book brings to life the home environment of the lost elite Sephardic community of Ottoman Damascus. It will be an important resource for those studying the architecture, history, and culture of Syria and the Ottoman Empire. Bayt Farhi's outstanding architecture and decoration is documented and presented in this first comprehensive analysis of it and Damascus's other prominent Sephadic mansions Matkab 'Anbar, Bayt Dahdah, Bayt Stambouli, and Bayt Lisbona. The Hebrew poetic inscriptions in these residences reveal how the Farhis and other leading Sephardic families perceived themselves and how they presented themselves to their own community and other Damascenes. A history of the Farhis and the Jews of Damascus provides the context for these houses, along with the architectural development of the monumental Damascene courtyard house.

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