chapter  6
6 Pages

The “Storehouse” of Ottoman Landscape Tradition: Gardens and City Spaces as Barzakh

The “storehouse”—a term borrowed from Ibn al-‘Arabî-of Ottoman landscape tradition included all kinds of spaces, regardless of scale. It was compromised of sacred and ordinary cities, provincial towns, all kinds of city spaces-gardens and parks, neighborhoods, streets, Sufi lodges, market places, bazaars, bath-houses or houses of friends, and the space of the human body. The “storehouse” of Ottoman landscape culture included both real and imaginary spaces: physical spaces of gardens, cities and the human body; and metaphysical spaces of paradise garden(s), cosmography and imagination. Ottoman landscape mapped both physical and metaphysical spaces, defining the limits of the Ottoman world territorially on land, heavenly in celestial space, and phenomenally in human perception and imagination.