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Mosque Name: Jerash Small Mosque

Country: Jordan

City: Jerash

Year of construction (CE): 700-799

GPS: 32.281250° 35.892972°

Gibson Classification: Petra

Rebuilt facing Mecca: Never


The mosque occupies a Roman atrium-house, the impluvium of which has been converted into the sahn. Long rectangular plan with miḥrāb de-centered in the south wall. Entrance at the South East corner. A square platform inserted into the South West corner has been interpreted as a minbar. Two riwāq arcades were constructed in reuse of Roman Corinthian columns, the ones along the Eeast long side are still preserved.

Building Materials are limestone. (predominantly reused Roman blocks.) The free standing miḥrāb consists of a Roman wall niche.

Date(s): Umayyad, according to the pottery and other find material (Naghawi 1982).

More information can be found on pages 211 in: Islamic Heritage Sites in Jordan, A Student’s Gazetteer, prepared by the MA-Students of The German-Jordanian University, in Architectural Conservation School for Architecture and Built Environment Academic Years, 2017 - 2020, edited by Thomas M. Weber-Karyotakis & Ammar Khammash with Hussein al-Aza‘at, Nader Atiyeh, Catreena Hamarneh, Khairiyeh al-Kukhun & Robert Schick. GJU, Amman 2020

Dan Gibson standing beside the mihrab.

Dan Gibson standing beside the mihrab.

Location of the small mosque

Location of the small mosque

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