The Qubbat Hassan Mosque of Dhuran

In 1998 the American Institute for Yemeni Studies (AIYS) undertook, in conjunction with the French Center for Yemeni Studies (CFEY), a documentation and research project on the mosque in Dhuran, Dhamar Province. This 17th century mosque is a significant architectural structure from the Mutawakkil dynasty, a period some scholars consider the most brilliant of Zaydi Imamic rule. The master mason of this mosque is also noted for having produced the architecturally notable samsarat Muhammad B. al-Hasan B. al-Qasim in Sana'a. The epicenter of the 1982 earthquake in Dhamar Province was very near Dhuran, and this structure and the surrounding village were heavily damaged. The village was subsequently relocated further down the mountain, leaving the building deserted. The severe earthquake damage, combined with the cessation of traditional maintenance procedures after the building was abandoned has left the mosque exposed to destructive elements and decaying further with each rainy season.

The purpose of this project was to document the structure and its surrounding features thoroughly, through photographs, plans, sections, and elevations. Special attention was paid to recording the mosque's unique features which include two Mihrabs (one glazed and one unglazed) and engravings of Islamic texts. To complete the project, pottery found on the surface in the area of the mosque and the surrounding settlement was surveyed and collected.

Project funding: AIYS through its USIA grant. Publication undertaken jointly with CFEY.

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