Jami' al-Dabbagha
Aleppo, Syria

The Mosque of Dabbagha, also known as Jami’ al-Dabbagha al-‘Atiqa, is a small mosque in the old city of Aleppo, north of the Great Mosque near the intersection of the modern arterial avenues Mutanabbi Street and Abdel Mounem Ryad Street.

Based on stylistic grounds, Sauvaget dated the mosque to the thirteenth/seventh century AH. Gaube follows this date loosely, attributing it to the Ayyubid period. A grave dated to 1404 found in the courtyard and the mosque’s appearance in Sibt Ibn al-‘Ajami’s fifteenth/ninth century history Kunuz al-dhahab fi ta’rikh Halab indicate that the mosque was constructed by the beginning of the fifteenth century.

The mosque is irregular in plan. An irregularly-shaped courtyard occupies its west end. A riwaq on its south side shelters a mihrab. This courtyard gives access to a small prayer hall, divided into two rectangular sections. Beyond this is a domed chamber, also with a mihrab on the qibla side.

The most famous aspect of the mosque is its minaret, constructed in the Ayyubid style as a square shaft. Except for several plain cornices that divide the shaft into stages of various lengths, the minaret is unadorned.


Gaube, Heins and Eugin Wirth. Aleppo: Historische und geographische Beiträge zur baulichen Gestaltung, zur sozialen Organisation und zur wirtschaftlichen Dynamik einer vorderasiatischen Fernhandelsmetropole. 2 vols. Wiesbaden: Dr. Ludwig Reichert, 1984. No. 257 (p. 373).

Sauvaget, Jean. “Inventaire des Monuments Musulmans de la ville d’Alep.” Revue des Études Islamiques 5 (1931): 59–114, no. 29.

’Uthmān, Najwā. Al-Handasiyya al-inshā’iyya fī masājid Ḥalab. Aleppo: Ma‘had al-turāth al-‘ilmī al-‘arabī, 1992.

Aleppo, Syria
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ca. 13th/7th c. AH
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جامع الدباغة
Mosque of Dabbagha
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