Hammaming In The Sham

Author: Richard Boggs
Publisher: Garnet Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1859643256
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Hammaming In The Sham. Legend has it that Damascus once had 365 hammams or ''Turkish baths'': one for each day of the year. Originally part of an ancient Roman tradition, hammams were absorbed by Islam to such an extent that many became almost annexes to nearby mosques. For centuries, hammams were an integral part of community life, with some 50 hammams surviving in Damascus until the 1950s. Since then, however, with the onslaught of modernization programmes and home bathrooms, many have been demolished; fewer than 20 Damascene working hammams survive today. In Hammaming in the Sham, Richard Boggs travels the length and breadth of modern Syria, documenting the traditions of bathing in Damascus, Aleppo and elsewhere, and his encounters with Syrians as they bathe. In his portrayal of life in the hammams he reveals how these ancient institutions cater for both body and soul, and through his conversations with the bathers within, he provides insights into the grass roots of contemporary Syrian society. Approximately 100 colour photographs accompany the text, portraying the traditional neighbourhoods of Damascus and Aleppo, and the almost religious feel of the hammams. The author''s intimate portraits of the baths'' employees and bathers show a unique side of Syria rarely exposed to the outside world.

Passion For Islam

Author: Caryle Murphy
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Size: 76.86 MB
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Passion For Islam. Owing to myriad social and religious factors over the decades, the Middle East exists today as an extremely combustible environment, a breeding ground for terrorism. Employing one particular country, Egypt, as a lens through which to understand more completely the power and turmoil of Islam today, PASSION FOR ISLAM explores as never before the forces at work in the region. Through the personal experiences and observations of the individual Egyptians that she met during her five years as the Washington Post's Cairo bureau chief, veteran journalist Carlyle Murphy explores four aspects of Islam's contemporary revival. In a fascinating look at modern Islam, Murphy provides a valuable lesson that is now more relevant than ever.

The Mamluks In Egyptian And Syrian Politics And Society

Author: Michael Winter
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004132863
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The Mamluks In Egyptian And Syrian Politics And Society. This volume is a collection of studies by leading historians on central aspects of the Mamluk Empire of Egypt and Syria (1250-1517), and of Ottoman Egypt (16th-18th century) where the Mamluks survived under the Ottoman suzerainty.