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Aleppo: From The Ottoman Metropolis To The Syrian City

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Aleppo which, following the Muslim conquest, became a &t;great city&t; once more, has to this day maintained an upward demographic curve, a few periods of crisis excepted. One of the objectives of this present work is, perhaps, a simple statement about the status of the metropolis of Aleppo, about what gave it this status, and about the distinguishing spatial marks of this status. Aleppo regained prosperity and a new function, that of regional capital, of centre for the re-organization of part of the Ottoman territory - a function that prepared it for withdrawal. It was the moment when the first sketches were made for a territorial organization that would eventually lead to the formation of Syria. Christians played their part in nationalist struggles and in the construction of a Syrian society in which non-Muslims were full citizens; it was in this way that the role of communities became an issue.

Keywords: Aleppo; metropolis; Muslim; Ottoman; Syria



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