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Space: Architecture: Turkey
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The basic unit of the traditional houses in Turkey is the oda, room, round which both rural and urban houses are shaped. The room determined the traditional house forms and necessitated multifunctional arrangements: cooking, eating, sitting, and sleeping, all of which took place in the same space (Küçükerman 1988).

In traditional Turkish society, family structure caused an interpretation of the architectural elements, including the withdrawing unit, oda, and the interactive hall, sofa, in both rural and urban houses (Glassie 1989). Since marriages were based on pat…

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Birkalan-Gedik, Hande A., “Space: Architecture: Turkey”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 11 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0279c>
First published online: 2009

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