Hamam, also known as hamman, is an Arabic word for Turkish baths. It’s a communal bathhouse associated with the Islamic culture. Baths have been an essential part of life in Istanbul, Turkey, since Byzantine and Roman times. Byzantine baths served as a place to wash and as a social hub for people to meet their friends and argue over politics.
The Turkic people in Central Asia also had a steam bath called Manchu. They combined their Asian tradition with Anatolia’s Roman bath culture, resulting in the Turkish bath. Turkish baths may have used the same type of heating method as the Roman baths, but they have several differences.