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The Gates of Jerusalem
By Dr. Omar Abed Rabbo, PhD

We are happy and proud to present Dr. Omar’s erudite work - published in the Jordan Journal for History and Archaeology.We are also grateful to him for sharing it to our university – and world-wide - readers, with greater accessibility online. Dr. Omar Abed Rabbo is an Assistant Professor in the Humanities Department, and has been actively doing research about Jerusalem in the medieval period and had presented the results of his investigations on various occasions.


We reproduce here for our readers in English, an abstract taken from Dr. Omar’s article:

The Gates of the City of Jerusalem in the Fatimid and Saljuq Periods

(969-1099 AD)

‘Umar ‘Abd Rabbu


This study discusses the gates of the city of Jerusalem during the Fāṭimid and Saljūq periods through the study of historical sources, contemporary research on  this subject and the results of archaeological excavations since the end of the nineteenth century up to the present near the Ottoman city walls and gates.

The study provides new locations for the gates mentioned by al-Muqaddasī at the beginning of the Fāṭimid period and until 425 AH /1033 AD when an earthquake struck the city. Also presented are the changes in the number of gates and their locations in the city walls after the earthquake, with a list of new gates and their locations until 492 AH /1099. In revising the distribution of Jerusalem gates, the study also evaluates earlier historical sources and contemporary interpretations based on them.


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