The Crown of the Holy City

Jak/ Muhsin Kilby

Since photographs are the easiest and quickest way of conveying information to a wide section of the public, ISRA has arranged three mobile exhibitions. While each of the first two exhibitions contained 13 displays with commentaries in English and Arabic, the third contained 15 displays with commentaries in English only. The three exhibitions were the work of the leading photographer Jak Kilby. Kilby has spent much time in Islamicjerusalem. He has a collection of thousands of slides of Islamicjerusalem and has illustrated many exhibitions on the subject.

The first exhibition (1997), entitled “The Crown of the Holy City: Al-Aqsa Mosque in Islamicjerusalem”, sought to correct the common misconception that Al-Aqsa Mosque is the same as the Dome of the Rock. In fact, the latter is only part of Al-Aqsa Mosque, which covers an area of 144.9 dunums (1 dunum = approx. 1000 square metres).

The second exhibition (1998), entitled “Islamicjerusalem: Continuation of Muslim Presence”, sought to illustrate the uninterrupted presence of Muslims in Islamicjerusalem since the first Muslim conquest of the region by the Caliph Umar Ibn al-Khattab.

The third exhibition (2002), entitled “Islamicjerusalem: Lands of the Prophets”, sought to show the connections of the Prophets and their followers with Islamicjerusalem.



Assurance of Safety to the People of Aelia (Jerusalem)

Issued by the second Caliph ‘Umar Ibn al-Khattab to the people of Aelia on his entry into Islamic Jerusalem 637AD/ 16AH. It guaranteed safety for their lives and possessions; their churches and crosses; the sick and the healthy of the city; for the rest of its religious community. Their churches will not be inhabited nor destroyed…. A Calligraphic Poster in Arabic with a caption in English of the Full translation.

First Islamic Endowment in Islam to Tamim b. Aws Dari

This document was given by Prophet Muhammad to Tamim al-Dari and his brothers in the year 9AH (630 AD).  This is a copy of the definitive original document, written by the hand of the fourth Caliph Ali bin Abi Talib.  Granting them and their ancestors the city of Hebron -Al-Khalil- and the surrounding area.

A Calligraphic Poster in Arabic with a caption in English of the Full translation.

Poster of al-Jami’ Al-Aqsa

Poster of the large Congregation Mosque to the south of Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound. This is where the second Caliph ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab after taking over the city started the building of a Mosque. The basis of this Mosque was rebuilt by the Caliph Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan at around the same time as the building of the Dome of the Rock in al-Aqsa Mosque. a Photographic Poster with a caption in Arabic and English.

The Pulpit/Minbar of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Poster of the Minbar of Nur al-Din Mahmud Zinki installed in al-Aqsa Mosque by Salah al-Din to mark the liberation of Islamic Jerusalem in the 12th Century.  This uniquely beautiful Minbar was destroyed in an arson attack on the 21st of August 1969.

A Photographic Poster with a caption in Arabic and English.