The Mamluk Mosque of Amir Husayn: A Reconstruction

Chahinda Karim

in Creswell Photographs Re-examined

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9789774162442
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970115 | DOI:
The Mamluk Mosque of Amir Husayn: A Reconstruction

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The mosque of Amir Husayn ibn Jandar is a magnificent example of mosques from the first half of the fourteenth century. This mosque, which lies west of Bur Sa'id Street and to the north of the Museum of Islamic Art, has not attracted the attention of many art historians because of its bad state of preservation. This chapter tries to bring to light the forgotten mosque of an important and powerful amir of the sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalawun with a tentative reconstruction of its original plan, based on the few remains and on photographs and drawings of parts that are no longer extant. It shows that the present mosque occupies only about one third of its original size and that it should therefore be considered one of the major mosques of its period.

Keywords: mosque; Bur Sa'id Street; Museum of Islamic Art; Amir Husayn ibn Jandar

Chapter.  5898 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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