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The Renovations of Sultan Mahmud II (r. 1808–1839) in Jerusalem

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In 1816-1819, during the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Mahmud II, extensive renovations were carried out in the Haram al-Sharif, especially in the Masjid al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock, and elsewhere in Jerusalem and in the Mosque of Ibrahim in Hebron. Details about those renovations are found in two exceptionally informative notebooks in the Islamic Museum in the Haram al-Sharif comprising the expense accounts for the project. This chapter presents the information on the renovations that the notebooks contain. A much larger study that includes extensive discussion of the renovation project in general with full references has been submitted for publication elsewhere. The administration and financing of the renovations was in the hands of Süleyman Pasa, the governor (wali) of Sidon and Tripoli from 1804 until his death on 4 September 1819, about a month after the renovations ended.

Keywords: Dome of the Rock; Islamic Museum; Jerusalem; Masjid al-Aqsa; Mosque of Ibrahim; Ottoman Sultan Mahmud II; Sidon



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