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The construction of commercial space in eighteenth-century İstanbul: the case of Büyük Yeni Han

Yaşar, Ahmet
This paper is about the construction dynamics of khans during the eighteenth-century Istanbul. It particularly focuses on the Buyuk Yeni Han built by Mustafa III and completed in ca. 1763, as a representation of the court's interventions in commercial space. In this manner, it investigates the urban context of the building, the builder's possible intentions, its construction process, layout, functions and revenue producing capacity in the light of its waqfiyya and a number of other registers. By focusing on the construction processes of the khan and its functions with their transformative consequence on the landscape of Istanbul and their revitalized role, this paper claims that the Ottoman Sultan, by getting involved in the economic and spatial realms, reestablished the presence of the dynasty in the commercial district of the Ottoman capital.