The Great Mosque of Hama Redux

Bernard O'Kane

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 Great Mosque of Hama Redux

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This chapter discusses some aspects of a Syrian monument whose main features are well known, but which has elements that are worth analyzing in greater detail, particularly as the original building and its furnishings have disappeared. There were two inscriptions on the minaret, a foundation inscription in three lines below the cornice of the large blocks on the east side, and a signature in a medallion at roughly the same height on the south. After Nur al-Din's death, Salah al-Din Yusuf of course gained control of Syria, and appointed his nephew Taqi al-Din 'Umar al-Malik al- Muzaffar as governor of Hama. The rebuilt Great Mosque of Hama is unfortunately no substitute for the original. Like the Friday mosques of most major Syrian cities, its intricate layering of building periods bore witness to the desire of patrons to leave their mark upon the mosque and the town.

Keywords: Hama; mosque; Salah al-Din Yusuf; Syrian monument; inscriptions

Chapter.  8119 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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