This article discusses the possibilities of a paradigm shift in the study of premodern spaces. It argues that contemporary practices of political activism, particularly since 2010, through occupations, encampments, and the material production of new spaces, are simultaneously producing new relationalities among people and between people and the built environment that can and should inspire new problematizations in the analysis of premodern spaces. After an overview of the historical contexts in which Henri Lefebvre and Bernard Tschumi developed their theories on space, the article highlights the particularities of our own contemporary and asks a series of questions about how the present moment might inspire us to approach anew late medieval Ottoman architectural practices.

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