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    مسجد حکیم


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    The Hakim Mosque of Isfahan is a Safavid era historical heritage. Located at the end of the Rangrezan Bazaar, it was built by Hakim Mohammad Davoud, the personal doctor of Shah Abbas 2 on the ruins of Jameh Deylami Mosque from the 4th century Hijri.The Hakim Mosque of Isfahan is a Safavid era historical heritage. Located at the end of the Rangrezan Bazaar, it was built by Hakim Mohammad Davoud, the personal doctor of Shah Abbas 2 on the ruins of Jameh Deylami Mosque from the 4th century Hijri.Inscriptions on the entrance and around the halls show 1067 to 1073 LH dates written by Mohammad Reza Emami, the famous calligrapher of the Safavid era. The entrance of the older Deylami Mosque of Jorjir (Saheb Esmail Ibn Ebad) shows that the old mosque was named Jameh Masjed Saghir and it must have been a splendid place in the 4th century Hijri. (Wikipedia) - Al-Hakim Mosque   (Redirected from Hakim Mosque)
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    Al-Hakim Mosque Basic information Location Affiliation Year consecrated Ecclesiastical or organizational status Leadership Architectural description Architectural type Architectural style Completed Specifications Dome(s) Minaret(s)
    Interior courtyard of the mosque
    Cairo, Egypt
    Islam
    928
    Mosque
    Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah
    Mosque
    Fatimid
    992
    1
    2

    Al-Jam`e Al-Anwar (Arabic: الجامع الانور‎, Anwar Mosque, literally:The Enlightened Mosque) also Al-Hakim Mosque is a major Islamic religious site in Cairo, Egypt. It is named after Imam Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah (985–1021), the sixth Fatimid caliph,16 th Fatimid/Ismaili Imam and the first to be born in Egypt.

    The mosque was originally built as an enclosure by the Fatimid vizier Gawhar Al-Siqilli (c. 928–992), but was incorporated into the extended fortifications built by Badr al-Jamali. It consists of an irregular rectangle with four arcades surrounding the courtyard. An unusual feature is the monumental entrance with its projecting stone porch. It is located in "Islamic Cairo", on the east side of Muizz Street, just south of Bab Al-Futuh (the northern gate).

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    The minarets

    The most spectacular feature of the mosque are the minarets on either side of the facade, reminiscent of the propylon to a pharaonic temple.

    Originally the two minarets stood independent of the brick walls at the corners. These are the earliest surviving minarets in the city and they have been restored at various times during their history. The massive salients were added in 1010 to strengthen their structure, and the northern minaret was incorporated into the city wall. Inside, these strange structures are hollow, for they have been built around the original minarets, which are connected with brackets and can still be seen from the minaret above.

    Post-Fatimid era

    At various times, the mosque was used as a prison for captured Franks(i.e. Latin crusaders) during the Crusades, as a stable by Saladin, as a fortress by Napoleon, and as a local school. As a result of this the mosque had fallen out of use.

    In 1980 ACE/1401 AH, the mosque was extensively refurbished in white marble and gold trim by Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin the head of the Dawoodi Bohra, an international Ismaili sect based in India.

    Despite the renovations, remnants of the original decorations are still seen: stucco carvings, timber tie-beams, and Quranic inscriptions.

    Today

    Today the mosque is a place of worship. Its unique minarets attracts local and foreign tourists. Al-Hakim Mosque is now a place for Egyptians to feed pigeons and enjoy the calm and peacefulness of the Mosque.

    The Restoration

    Dawoodi Bohra text advertising their rebuilding of the mosque: http://www.its52.com/imgs/1435/newsletters/POWal-jame-al-anwar.jpg

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