Spatilization of 19th Century İstanbul Lodges: Settlement and Network Maps
3/14/2019
The project of "Spatialization of 19th Century İstanbul Lodges: Settlement and Network Maps", prepared under the conduction of Dr. Yunus Uğur, the Chairman of Center for Urban Studies and the lecturer in ŞEHİR, will be supported by TÜBİTAK.
​The project of "Spatialization of 19th Century İstanbul Lodges: Settlement and Network Maps", prepared under the conduction of Dr. Yunus Uğur, the Chairman of Center for Urban Studies and the lecturer in ŞEHİR, will be supported by TÜBİTAK. The project, in which the role of lodges will be considered in the spatial context and their contribution to the Ottoman cities will be examined, has been designed to be a pilot application of a more comprehensive study. 

The project of "Spatialization of 19th Century İstanbul Lodges: Settlement and Network Maps", prepared under the conduction of Dr. Yunus Uğur, the Chairman of Center for Urban Studies and the lecturer in ŞEHİR, has been entitled to be supported by TÜBİTAK. For the project, the role of lodges will be considered in the spatial context and their contributions to the Ottoman cities will be examined in the framework of inner and inter-city networks by digital research methods.

The project, which aims to examine the spatial role of the dervish lodges, which were previously subject to many studies with its historical and mystical dimensions, was designed as a pilot application of a more comprehensive study with the dimension of time and space. The study aims at identifying, evaluating and locating Istanbul lodges in a period of 30 years (1850-1880) in the 19th century, and revealing settlement and network maps, and targets preparing the basis for larger scale and comparative researches that will include other cities.

Approximately 300 lodges identified in Suriçi will be examined from the perspective of urban historiography
Yunus Uğur, who made evaluations about the project, reminded that the dervish lodges are art environments, solidarity and social solidarity institutions which have assumed a certain social function since the emergence of the sects. He said, "A large number of dervish lodges were built both throughout the large geography of the empire and İstanbul for various sects as in other Islamic states in the past. The dervish lodges played roles in cities in line with the needs of the social structure such as housing, work, socialization and urban service areas. However, when we look at the available literature, there is little information about where the lodges were located in the urban spine and how they related to other urban parts. This study will focus on understanding the relationship and distance among themselves and between them and the social, economic, political and cultural spaces in the city by evaluating the lodge throughout the city."

Dr. Yunus Uğur stated that the project aims to reveal the role of these lodges, which were very important urban institutions, with new questions and methods and to determine the contribution of these institutions to Ottoman cities within the framework of urban and intercity networks. He said that this pilot study, which will examine the 300 lodge determined in Istanbul between 1850-1880 and Istanbul as a whole in that period, when the Assembly of Parliament was founded, will be conducted successfully with the students of the Urban Studies Master Program. Yunus Uğur also added that they aim to give a new perspective and method to the researches of Sufism and urban history with this project.