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Creswell Photographs Re-examinedNew Perspectives on Islamic Architecture$
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Bernard O'Kane

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162442

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162442.001.0001

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The Great Mosque of Hama Redux

The Great Mosque of Hama Redux

(p.219) 9 The Great Mosque of Hama Redux
Creswell Photographs Re-examined

Bernard O'Kane

American University in Cairo Press

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

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