Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sultan Hussein mosque

This is the Sultan Hussein mosque near Khan el Khalili. As you are walking out of the Khan, you can see one of the minarets through the higgedly piggedly maze of the buildings of the Khan..


The mosque is really large with the areas for women and men being segregated and seprated by a wall. There is a shrine covered in silver which has access from both the male and the female section of the mosque.


The women's section.......

EDITED (3 Nov '08): Met some Pakistani friends yesterday with whom I raised this topic. As per them, physical segregation in terms of separate places does not exist even at Kaba, so its arisen more out of practice than a specified tenet.

2 comments:

Cairo Typ0 said...

Someone recently asked me why there are separate entrances and sections for women and men in mosques. I didn't know the answer and your blog reminded me that i wanted to ask someone. I ask because i have visited mosques in the past where this didn't happen.

Manisha said...

From what I know there is a specified norm of behaviour for social interaction between men and women as per the hidath but am not sure whether any of the texts actually prescribe segregated areas though you can find them in many mosques (but not all)..

Now that you have mentioned it, I am intrigued enough to try and find out more....