Zawiyat al-Hunud Street (Jerusalem)

By the Editors of the Madain Project

Zawiyat al-Hunud Street (طريق زاوية الهنود), is named after the Zawiyat al-Hindiyya, an Indian Hospice purportedly dedicated to an Indian saint Baba Farid al-Din Ganjshakar. In Jerusalem, Indian Muslim presence dates back to thirteenth century CE, exemplified by the case of Zawiyat al-Hindiyyah or Zawiyat Faridiyyah.


With the spread of Sufism in Jerusalem during the 16th Century, many of the Sufi centers Zawiya were established to accommodate the followers of Sufi Orders. There were over 70 Sufi orders in Jerusalem at the time. The Zawiyah, now a Waqf property measuring nearly 1.5 acres and is a prime real estate site.

Notable Landmarks

circa 1200 CE

Zawiyat al-Hunud
The Zawiyat al-Hunud or the Zawiyat al-Hindiyya is an Indian Sufi Khanqah where as the legend has it that around the year 1200, Sufi saint Baba Farid from India came to the Holy City of Jerusalem and meditated in a stone lodge for 40 days. Ever since, Indian Muslim pilgrims on their way to or from Mecca were attracted to the site and eventually it became the Indian Hospice. The Zawiyah has been extensively documented. The medieval traveler Evliya Chelebi identified it as one of the largest Zawiyah in the city in 1671.

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