The Madrasa Afḍaliyya / Maqām Al-Shaykh 'Īd: An example of Ayyubid architecture in Jerusalem

Benjamin Z. Kedar*, Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, Tawfiq Da'adli

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Abstract

The discovery of a photo taken from a Zeppelin airship in 1931 has made it possible to pinpoint the location of the Mosque of Shaykh 'Īd, identified with the Madrasa Afd{combining dot below}aliyya established by Saladin's son al-Afd{combining dot below}al in the 1190s. The building was destroyed by Israeli authorities in 1967. A juxtaposition of this photo with the report on recent excavations west of the Western Wall leaves no doubt that they inadvertently unearthed the main components of the Madrasa, segments of the godroon arch above its entrance, and some other fragments. The Zeppelin photo, combined with the data recorded during the excavation, has enabled the building's plan to be determined.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)271-287
Number of pages17
JournalRevue Biblique
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes

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