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Cemberlitas Hamami in IstanbulThe Biographical Memoir of a Turkish Bath$
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Nina Macaraig

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474434102

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474434102.001.0001

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Impressions and Identity

Impressions and Identity

(p.116) 4 Impressions and Identity
Cemberlitas Hamami in Istanbul

Nina Macaraig

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter describes the hamam’s different identities and the impressions it left on its users: its religious function of ritual cleansing, based on the Qur’an and the Hadith (the collected sayings and deeds of the Prophet Muhammad); its social function as a place to gather and exchange news, and as a place for important rituals such as the bride’s bath; its place in sexual fantasies as well as sexual encounters; its medical function in the treatment of certain diseases, as laid out in Ottoman medical treatises; and its urban function to convey a sense of architectural splendour and to promote the imperial dynasty by demonstrating its concern for the city inhabitants’ well-being;.

Keywords:   Identity, Hygiene, Ritual purification, Hadith, Social history, Sexuality, Medicine, Dynastic legitimacy, Urban history

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