Al-Franj: the Crusaders in the Levant
Journey of an Islamic Minbar
‘This is a story about an Islamic minbar that was rescued from the marching Crusaders.’
This is a story about an Islamic minbar (pulpit) that was rescued from the Crusaders. The minbar was made originally for the maqam (shrine) of the great Muslim martyr al-Husayn, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, in Ashqelon. Like the mihrab (the prayer niche), the minbar is a focal point of the mosque but unlike the mihrab the minbar is usually mobile. With the exception of copies of the Qur’an, the minbar is, therefore, the only removable object in a mosque that carries profound spiritual value.
Haram al-Ibrahimi

First century BC; AH 492 / AD 1099
From the Roman period to the end of the Ottoman period
Hebron (al-Khalil), Palestinian Territories
View of the minbar in situ at the Haram, to the right of the mihrab. It was commissioned in 484 / 1091 by Badr al-Jamali, commander of the Fatimid armies.