Charity and hospitality: Hospitals in the Ottoman Empire in the early modern period

Miri Shefer*

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Members of the Ottoman elite commissioned the foundation of several hospitals in major cities. The first hospital to be established in the Ottoman Empire by a member of the Ottoman dynasty was built in Bursa by Beyazit I (r. 1389-1402). The second one was established in Istanbul, then a new capital, by Mehmet II (r. 1444-1446, 1451-1481). His son Beyazit II (r. 1481-1512) had one erected in Edirne. In the sixteenth century three hospitals were erected in Istanbul. Both Süleyman I (r. 1520-1566) and his favorite concubine (haseki) and later wife Hürrem Sultan and Nurbanu Sultan, mother of Murat III (r. 1574-1585) included hospitals in their complexes in the capital. So did Sultan Ahmet I (r. 1603-1617) in his Istanbul complex.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPoverty and Charity in Middle Eastern Contexts
EditorsMichael Bonner, Mine Ener, Amy Singer
PublisherState University of New York Press
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)0791457370, 9780791457375
StatePublished - 2003

Publication series

NameSUNY series in the Social and Economic History of the Middle East


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