Ibn Tulun, The Story Of A Mosque by Fiona Macdonald
A fascinating and lively book about the stunning mosque situated at the heart of Cairo. It gives insight into how the mosque was built and into the lives of the people who used it at the time of the Abbasid Empire. Ages 10 and up.
Ibn Tulun was the son of a Turkish slave soldier at the time of the Abbasid dynasty, who through his courage on the battlefield and his piety as a Muslim, rose to head a dynasty of his own in Egypt. Today, over a thousand years after his death, he is remembered for the magnificent mosque which bears his name. This work explains how architects and craftspeople constructed his mosque, how workers maintained it, and how students studied in it.