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The Bazaar: Markets and Merchants of the Islamic World [Hardcover]

Walter M. Weiss , K.M. Westermann
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24 Aug 1998
This volume is a journey through the bazaars in the old Islamic cities of the Orient. Beginning with a general outline of the history of trade, it examines the origins of the "city within a city" and the early Islamic fortresses and caravanserais. The path of goods is traced along legendary caravan routes such as the Silk, Incense and Amber Roads. The everyday workings of the bazaar are described, and the book focuses on traditional trades and crafts including gold and sugar traders' markets, the workshops of lute makers, fabric painters and mosaic carvers, glass-blowers and coppersmiths. Persian carpet-makers, engravers and perfumers, miniature painters and calligraphers are revealed at work, as are people whose exotic trades are now dying out - sword and fire makers, water sellers, foot ironers, magicians and storytellers. In the final section, more than a dozen of the finest bazaars are described and illustrated.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd (24 Aug 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500018391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500018392
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 2.8 x 32 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,458,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bazaar 17 Aug 2011
this book inspired me to travel to some of the places in the book. A coffee table book for sure but evocative pictures that really capture the mood and feel. I love loosing myself in this book
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4.0 out of 5 stars great content 24 Nov 2008
this book is great both for people looking forward to the arabian world as well as for poeple who have been part of it. a great overview with cool illustrations are given in this book. great load of information written in a very interesting way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb introduction to the world of the bazaar. 19 Oct 1998
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I have traveled extensively in the Middle East and North Africa, and my favorite places are the suqs, or bazaars of each city. I have actually visited half of the bazaars featured in this book, and therefore I can attest to the accuracy of the information provided. This book captures the variety, texture, and atmosphere of the bazaar. The only aspects missing are the sounds and the aromas. Of special interest and value are the maps of each bazaar, for wandering through a suq can be an overpowering experience. Nowhere else have I come upon this type of information. The photos are well done, showing both the people and their surroundings accurately, but beautifully. This book makes me want to pay a return visit to a bazaar, soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 8 Sep 2001
By Robyn - Published on Amazon.com
I checked this out of the library, and when I get back from Syria and Lebanon, am going to buy it. An entirely different perspective from anything I've ever seen. Even if it does omit anything about the ongoing conflicts of the region, we already know all of that. This tells us and shows us something we don't know. When I'm walking through the bazaars in Damascus and Aleppo, I will be carrying this book in my head and seeing everything differently because of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 28 Oct 2006
By Lebanon - Published on Amazon.com
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...I have not gone through the whole book yet, however what I have seen so far has been great and wonderful, highly recommended to anyone who loves travel or just for general interest, beautiful pictures, authors did an awsome job in writing this book, very knowledgable, comprehensive worth every penny...
5.0 out of 5 stars Recapturing my travels 27 Mar 2014
By Ishvara - Published on Amazon.com
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What an amazing book - i have been to most of these souks . The sad truth is that many of them are no more , since the Arab Spring 2011 ... Aleppo was my favourite, till it was burnt down in the civil war.
5.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive information 17 April 2012
By fo - Published on Amazon.com
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I would recommend for any one interested in the history of the bazaars in the middle east. many pictures help reader visualize the feel.
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