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The Ottoman Tripoli: A Mediterranean Medina

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It is not an easy task to isolate a specific historical period as Ottoman in the history of the urban development of Tripoli. During the Ottoman period and particularly under the reign of the Karamanli dynasty the present image of the Medina of Tripoli was consolidated. The specific features of the urban fabric of Tripoli are due to a process of assimilation of models belonging to other urban cultures of the Mediterranean world. The investigation on the residential situation of the Medina reveals not only the presence of more or less important houses related to a traditionally Arab way of life, but also the widespread interest towards housing typologies. A Mediterranean air, suggesting the assimilation of various foreign influences, emerges from the different ways of the urban life. It seems to represent a basic code for the understanding and interpretation of the complexity of the Ottoman Medina of Tripoli.

Keywords: Karamanli dynasty; Medina; Mediterranean; Ottoman; Tripoli



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