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Bāb Ḥuṭṭa (Arabic: باب حطة or باب الحطه Bāb (al-)Huṭṭa, Bāb (al-)Hiṭṭa) is a neighborhood in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem to the north of the Haram al-Sharif (Temple Mount). The name literally means "Forgiveness (or Remission) Gate", referring to the Forgiveness Gate of the Haram compound, connected by Bāb Ḥuṭṭa Street.

History[edit]

In the late 15th century, Mujir ad-Din described it as one of the largest quarters in Jerusalem.[1] A census taken by the Ottoman authority registered only Muslims in the quarter.[1] At the beginning of the 20th century, the quarter had boundaries defined as follows:

  • North and east - the city walls between St Stephen's Gate and Herod's Gate. The northeast corner is the Stork Tower (Burj al-Laqlaq).
  • South - the north side of the Temple Mount.
  • West - Zawiyat el-Hunud Street, 'Aqabet er-Rahibat, Bab el-Ghawanima Street.[1]

In the 19th century, Jews were an increasing percentage of Jerusalem's population, and began to spread out of the Jewish Quarter into the Muslim Quarter. Jewish families settled in Bab al-Hutta by 1837.[2]

Demographics[edit]

The neighborhood is considered one of the poorest areas in the Old City. It is home to the Dom Romani community of the Old City, known in Arabic as al-Nawar, led by mukhtar Abed-Alhakim Mohammed Deeb Salim.[3][4][5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Adar Arnon (1992). "The Quarters of Jerusalem in the Ottoman Period". Middle Eastern Studies. 28 (1): 1–65.
  2. ^ Morgenstern, Arie (2006). Hastening Redemption: Messianism and the Resettlement of the Land of Israel. Oxford University Press. pp. 144–145. ISBN 978-0-19-530578-4.
  3. ^ Selig, Abe. Jerusalem’s Herod’s Gate receives face-lift. 06/29/2010. Jerusalem Post
  4. ^ A People Apart: The Romani community seeks recognition. By Eetta Prince-Gibson. Dom Research Center. 2001
  5. ^ Danny Rubinstein. People / Steve Sabella: Blurring the lines. Haaretz. 2005
  6. ^ Joseph B. Glass and Rassem Khamaisi. Report on the Socio-Economic Conditions in the Old City of Jerusalem. Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto. p.4

Coordinates: 31°46′55″N 35°14′07″E / 31.78194°N 35.23528°E / 31.78194; 35.23528