Kizimkazi Mosque in Dimbani - Tanzania


Kizimkazi Mosque is one of the major historical monuments in Zanzibar protected by the Antiquity Law of 1927 (amended 2002), a testament to the region's rich Islamic heritage. Parts of the mosque date to an 18th century reconstruction, noted in an Arabic inscription from that time, but inscriptions near the mihrab that are in Kufic, an older form of Arabic script, put the date of construction in the beginning of the 1100's. Some design elements of the mosque reflect the influence of Persia. The mosque is significant to scholars because it is one of only a handful in the world with so many complete Kufic inscriptions.;


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