The University Recognizes The Bazaar

On the first week of December of 2004, Erdogan Kutlu, the chainnan of the executive board of a patent company, told us that Prof. Dr. Önder Küçükennan and Prof. Dr. Kenan Moıtan were putting together a comprehensive book on the Grand Bazaar. Our conversation with these two valued scientists, who came to the office of our magazine in Cebeci Inn, made me veıy excited. The Grand Bazaar, which was  on people’s tongues for hundreds of years but rarely in writing, was going to be researched in eveıy of its aspects. After a while, Kenan Mortan starteel the field survey using our office as headquaıters. He was having short conversations with the tradesmen here, and researching the cuırent and past developments. I was organizing these small conversation groups, and tradesmen from eveıy profession were talking about their own experiences. W e were ralking with some friends about daily issues along with these small conversations. By the way, I would !ike to pass on some of the interesting stories I listened. These stories were explaining how some of the moral values kept the Bazaar alive along with the coıruption that took place in tin1e. Bedros Kato was one of our Annenian tradesmen.

He was a antique copper goods master. Many foreigners, especially d1e ones who work in embassies, knew him well and were his good customers. I wanted to pass on a passage from the things he told Prof. Dr. Kenan Moıtan: ” I was little, it was the first years of my arrival to the Bazaar. I sold a poniard to an American customer. It was my first sale. My master was not there yet. The store were just starting to open. After a short while, the customer brought his friend with hin1 as well. He was happy with his first purchase. Just as I was selling the second poniard, my master came and inteıfered as soon as he understood the situation. He was only pointing out and showing the store across without saying a word. At first I did not get it, but then, ‘They haven’t made their first sale yet” said he and wanted me to send the customers to them. They had the exact same poniard. We had d1ese kinds of experiences. After the education we had in school, we leamed our real lessons here. In the past, there was unity. TI1ere was friendship. Eveıyone became fathers and brothers”. Kenan Mortan had become veıy popular in the Grand Bazaar in time. He became eveıyone’s professor in the Bazaar. Whoever saw me in the Bazaar was asking me, “How is the professor? Is he here?” For the first time a professor was asking the tradesmen questions and having conversations with them. Eveıyone knew that he was working on a project but no one had the slightest idea on what the project actually was. Again, in order to help him, each tradesman was telling him everyd1ing he saw, knew, or experienced without hiding anyd1ing. Eveıyone was feeling !ike they were peıforrning a job they were assigned to.

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