Darwish Pasha (governor of Damascus)

Darwish Pasha, also spelled Dervish Pasha, was the Ottoman beylerbey (governor-general) of Damascus Eyalet from 1571 to 1574.[1] In 1574 he constructed an Islamic building complex consisting of a mosque, madrasa, mausoleum, and a fountain, which came to be called the Darwishiyya Madrasa after him.[2] The governor endowed the complex as waqf for Isma'il al-Nabulsi, great-grandfather of the Sufi scholar Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulsi, and his descendants to teach the Shafi'i fiqh (jurisprudence). Isma'il attracted Turkish, Persian, and Arab students there and Darwish Pasha built a mausoleum for him at the Bab al-Saghir cemetery.[3]

References edit

  1. ^ Sirriyeh 2005, p. 155, note 4.
  2. ^ Rihawi 1977, p. 73.
  3. ^ Sirriyeh 2005, p. 4.

Bibliography edit

  • Rihawi, Abdulqader (1977). Damascus: Its History, Development and Artistic Heritage. Translated by Paul E. Cheveden. Damascus: Dar al-Bashar.
  • Sirriyeh, Elizabeth (2005). Sufi Visionary of Ottoman Damascus: 'Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi, 1641–1731. Abingdon, Oxon: RoutledgeCurzon. ISBN 0-415-34165-5.