Mosque Name: Abū Ghūsh

Country: Israel

City: Aby Ghosh

Year of construction (AD): 750-799

GPS: 31.810562 35.107872

Gibson Classification: Unknown


Western Palestine is extremely rich in Arabic inscriptions, whose dates range from as early as CE 150 until modern times. Most of the inscriptions date from the Islamic period, for under Islam the country gained particular religious and strategic importance, even though it made up only part of the larger province of Syria.

In this case the remains of a mosque were dated by a foundation inscription on the site that mentioned a mosque. No mihrab was mentioned.


De Vaux, Roland, and Steve, Ambroise-Marie, 1950. Fouilles à Qaryet al-ʿEnab, Abū Ġôsh, Palestine, École Biblique et Archéologique Française, Paris: J. Gabalda. This book must be read online.

Sharon, Moshe, 1997. Corpus Inscriptionum Arabicarum Palaestinae, vol. I: A, Leiden: Brill, 4-6.

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