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Hammaming in the Sham: A Journey Through the Turkish Baths of Damascus, Aleppo and Beyond By Richard Boggs,

  • Title: Hammaming in the Sham: A Journey Through the Turkish Baths of Damascus, Aleppo and Beyond
  • Author: Richard Boggs
  • ISBN: 9781859642283
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 fifty hammams surviving in Damascus until the 1950s SiLegend 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 fifty hammams surviving in Damascus until the 1950s Since then, however, with the onslaught of modernization programs and home bathrooms, many have been demolished fewer than twenty 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 140 color photographs accompany the text, portraying the traditional neighborhoods 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.
    Hammaming in the Sham A Journey Through the Turkish Baths of Damascus Aleppo and Beyond Legend has it that Damascus once had 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

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    1. Irish writer bathes his way across SyriaHammaming in the Sham A Journey through the Turkish Baths of Damascus, Aleppo and Beyond, by the Irish writer and photographer Richard Boggs, documents a thousand year old tradition the hammams or Turkish baths of Syria.In his search to uncover the hidden world of the public baths, the author travels the length and breadth of Syria, bathing in almost every hammam from Damascus to Aleppo and beyond He intimately portrays the bathers and workers of the hamma [...]

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