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Caravanserai
Author: Reza Aslan

ISBN: 9788874396047
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 16 September 2012
Country of Publication: IT
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 30.5 x 2.2
Description:
A "caravanserai" is a roadside inn built to shelter men, goods and animals along ancient caravan routes in the Muslim world. For centuries they served as staging posts in the Middle East and Central Asia, providing accommodation to traders, pilgrims and other travellers along the famous caravan routes of the Silk Road that connected China, Central Asia and Europe overland. The caravanserais were vital nodes in what was in effect the first globalised overland network and trading system. It is estimated that some 12-15,000 caravanserais have existed but today only some 3,000 are identified or traceable. Those that have not vanished, or are not crumbling ruins, survive, in spite of the development of modern cities, as hotels, museums, shops, storage space, living quarters or garrison posts. After a first photographic report on caravanserais in north east Iran, Tom Schutyser chose the Levant region of Lebanon, Syria and Jordan as his next region for exploration. He not only shot ruined and restored caravanserais but the landscape and surroundings of these buildings, trying to capture the sense of history present in these places. And by also engaging with experts, writers and ...

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