Madressa al-Duwaidaryah

Madressa al-Duwaidaryah

Exterior view of Madressa al-Duwaidaryah

Madressa al-Duwaidaryah is a Mamluk era school situated near the Gate of Darkness (Bab al-Atim) along the southern wall of Masjid al-Aqsa. It was built by Prince Alam Ad-Din Abu Musa Sanjar Al-Duwaider in 1295 CE (695 AH).

  • In addition to being an Islamic school teaching the Shafi’i jurisprudence, the building also served as a hospice. 
  • The school remained an educational place until the late Ottoman era, devoted to teaching girls.
  • The school is made up of a two-storey building and contains a mosque. Today, the building is used as a school called Al-Bakriyah School for People with Special Needs.

References: A guide to al-Aqsa mosque – PASSIA

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