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