Ottoman Urban Spaces: Literature on Coffee Houses

There has been an interest to the space and spatial performance in recent urban studies. In this new trend, Ottoman urban historians have intensified to the publicness and sociability through urban spaces such as public bath, dervish lodge, market, neighborhood, street and coffeehouse. Owing to both its suitability to the studies of ‘public sphere' and its popularity, the coffeehouses among other public gathering spaces arouse a considerable notice in the popular and academic milieu. This paper is an attempt to review this popular and academic literature on Ottoman coffeehouses. After giving a brief history of Ottoman coffeehouses, the paper concentrates on the literature and research themes on coffeehouse, sources used widely in these studies and lastly gives the popular and academic bibliography on Ottoman coffeehouses.


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