Hammam Rehabilitation Reader
Heidi Dumreicher, Richard S. Levine, Magda Sibley-Behloul (editors)
Contributions from Algeria, Austria, Egypt, France, Italy, Luxemburg, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA
Dear Hammam owner, dear Hammam manager, dear Hammam massage specialist, dear Hammam client, dear architect, urban designer, donor for cultural heritage, economist, social scientist, specialist in Arab or Turkish studies, ecologist, historian, religious teacher, future researcher, town planner, librarian:
The topic of this reader is highly interdisciplinary – and highly controversial. The Hammam, this urban convivial space, is found from Morocco all the way down the Silk road and up to the small village of Bo Ai in the Chinese province of Henan: Every region, every country, every urban neighbourhood will give it special features, and yet it is part of the collective memory of dwellers and scientists throughout the Muslim world.
We hope that our reader contains ideas and analyses that further promote the awareness for the value of the Hammam; and in the best case, it may be a contribution for the revival of this great cultural attainment.
Heidi Dumreicher has spent the last 20 years with studies on the future of
the city, on the future of the resident’s life. As director of Oikodrom, she was
responsible for the participatory research design, establishing an atmosphere
of trust and respect among the researchers and the local residents. During the
study, she enjoyed numerous Hammam visits as an experience shared with
friends; its vitality and modest luxury, interrupting the hard daily life of the
Richard S. Levine was attracted by the role of the Hammam within the
vernacular urban tissue of the ancient towns. Based on his work on urban
sustainability, he came up with visions for a contemporary approach,
combining today’s architecture with the Islamic past.
Magda Sibley-Behloul walked through the Hammams in the footsteps of her
beloved grand mother, thereby following a social narrative well known to the
collective memories of the ancestors and friends.
Together, we invested our emotional and scientific energy into studies and
actions that aim at reviving and maintaining the hammam as a place of
relaxation, of inspiration, of conviviality.
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© 2013 the authors
ISBN 978 3 85449 382 2
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