Sultan al-Mu'ayyad Shaykh Complex: Detail, carving on the wooden minbar



The wood and ivory pulpit is original to the mosque, dated 1415.

Al-Mu'ayyad Shaykh, a Burgi, or Circassian, Mamluk, was sultan from 1412 to 1421. The complex includes a mosque, madrasa, mausoleum and khanqah (also khanaqah; living quarters for Sufis). This was the last great hypostyle mosque to be built in Cairo. The minarets carry the name of their architect, al-Mu'allim Muhammad Ibn al-Qazzaz and thus far, this is the only known signature of a Mamluk architect on a building.


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Alternate Title
  • Sultan al Muayyad Sheikh Mosque

  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Architecture

  • Decorative arts

  • Wood carvings

  • Mosques

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Mamluk

Place of Creation
  • Cairo

  • Cairo, Urban, Egypt: Al Mu'izz li-Din Allah Street, Bab Zuwayla

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Member of
Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Record Visibility and Access Public
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