Mosque Name: Wadi Shireh Open Air Mosque

Country: Jordan

City: Wadi Rum

Year of construction (AH): 728

Year of construction (AD): 109

GPS: 29.777571, 35.609588

Original Qibla: Unknown

Rebuilt facing Mecca: unknown


The mosque is located in a large Bedouin encampment with traces of tents and a cemetery which extends to the south off the mosque beyon a small sayl. The plan of the mosque is approximately square, without miḥrāb, in the center of qibla wall were two inscriptional stones. An entrance must have existed in the north wall of the mosque via a courtyard with a segmentally curved north wall.

In 1997 Robert Hoyland published one of the inscriptions which provided a date for the mosque. Translation: “In the name of Allāh, the Merciful, the Compassionate; O God accept from ʿAbd Allāh bin Sayd his prayer and his fasting, keep him among his family, and act as his deputy for his [ …] and make him virtuous. You have power over all things. May Allāh grant him peace. And peace be upon him and mercy of Allāh and His blessings. And it was written in Ramadhān of the year one hundred and nine.”

More information can be found on pages 162-164 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

Exterior view from the South West. (G. Corbett)

Exterior view from the South West. (G. Corbett)

Drawing of location of inscriptions.

Drawing of location of inscriptions.

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