4/13/2005

Faroukh Shah

Architect Luna Rajab, an active member of the Friends of Damascus Association, is supervising the renovation of Faroukh Shah Mosque, which is now inside the vicinity of the Four Seasons Hotel. The mosque is being renovated according to the highest standards and will still be in use after the Hotel opens, Rajab says. Faroukh Shah was the nephew of Saladin and the Emir of Baalbek (Lebanon) for a short period of time. He led many battles against the Crusaders and defeated the army of Baldwin IV, Latin King of Jerusalem, near Banyas (Western Syria) in 1179.

16 comments:

Baher said...

WOW I didn't know that before.
Thanks for the info.

Dina said...

That's really interesting. I never knew it was a historical monument...

praktike said...

Ayman, do you take all of these photos yourself?

annie said...

Your blog is SO interesting because it gets out of the beaten tracks. Thank you.

bashar said...

Thanks ayman,I remember praying in that mosque before that hotel and truly it was like traveling through time.

faraz said...

As usual more interesting facts from Damascus' history conveyed by Ayman to all of us who read his blog! Just for clarification though is the actual name Faruq (which is Arabic) or Faroukh (which is Farsi)?

Ayman said...

Thanks Annie, Faraz, Bashar and everybody for your kind comments.

Faraz, the name is Farroukh not Farouq or Farouk. In Arabic it's spelled as one word with Shah, thus it's probably Farsi or 'Ajami. I just found out that in many English texts, it's spelled as Farrukh Shah. Try to Google the word, and you'll find out that the name also belonged to a King of Kabul and other non-Arab historical figures.

Praktike, yes I take the photos myself.

Catherine said...

Great blog..
Indeed it was a golden time and a humble great man. I wish I had the chance to live that time instead of this rotten time and age.

praktike said...

"Praktike, yes I take the photos myself."

Well, they're great, and thanks so much for sharing them with us. It makes me want to visit Damascus.

Amr Faham said...

as i know, Luna rajab is not an architect, she is a historian. but she did a nice job anyway.
thanks for letting people know, that every stone has a history in Damascus.

Anonymous said...

From Luna Rajab, Architect
Dear Ayman;
thank you very mush for this Log and for sharing the information of the restoration of the Mosque with every body, and yes it's name is Farroukh Shah, and he was the governor of Damascus in his uncle name beside the being the Wali of Baalbaek.
It's tomb was the biggest and the smaller tomb is for his sun Alamjad, the two tombs where a part of an old ayyoubid school called the Farroukh Shahyeh and it was build by the order of the mother of Farroukh-Shah.
Dear Amr I am an Architect and I have a master degree in restoration of historical monument and rehabilitation of archeological site and I'm not a historian.
I work as an architect and in the domain of restoration.
If you need any more information about this work I can send it to you, also I will try to send you old photos for the two tombs
Thanks again

Anonymous said...

from Luna Rajab,
historical information about the Mosque of Farroukh-Shah and about the restoration project of it (the information are in arabic font hope that you can read it)
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Amr Faham said...

Oops! Sorry, and you were one of my fathers students too!
I thought you were an archeologist. I don't know how it came to my mind!
I am sorry again..

Ayman said...

Thank you Luna for this information (I will try to fix this Arabic coding problem so everyone can read it). I had the pleasure of taking part in the tour you guided in Al-Qanawat and I listened to your thorough explanation about the renovation of the Mosque, which is luckily being done professionally, unlike many renovation projects in Damascus. I Hope to see you again soon :)

Anonymous said...

From Luna
dont worry amr , never mind I do have a diploma in archeologie so I'm also an archeologist, and I just wanted to say that the restoration of the historical monuments is the job of an architect with a degree in restoration.
thank you

Anonymous said...

Keep posting more of these pics, with more detals, ie not in text, but in images.