Sabil wa Kuttab al-Sultan Mustafa
Cairo, Egypt
The free-standing sabil-kuttab of Sultan Mustafa was built in 1759. It derives its form and decoration from the sabil and mausoleum of the Laleli complex in Istanbul, also built by Sultan Mustafa, between 1759 and 1763. The sultan placed his tughra on a roundel on the facade of the Cairene sabil, a feature absent from the sabil in Istanbul, but which may have been a response to the turbulence and political unrest in Cairo during that period.

The theme of the sabil-kuttab introduced in the Madrasa of Sultan Mahmud was a major success, recurring frequently both as an autonomous structure and attached to another foundation.


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Behrens-Abouseif, Doris. "The 'Abd al-Rahman Katkhuda Style in 18th century Cairo." Annales Islamologiques 26 (1992).

Jarrar, Sabri, András Riedlmayer, and Jeffrey B. Spurr. Resources for the Study of Islamic Architecture. Cambridge, MA: Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, 1994.
Maydan al-Sayyida Zaynab, Cairo, Egypt
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1759/1172-1173 AH
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Sabil wa Kuttab al-Sultan Mustafa
Sabil-Kuttab of Sultan Mustafa
Sultan Mustapha Sabil
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