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

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Abstract

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
Pages121-143
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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