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Hanafee Mosque / Noor El Hamedia Mosque / Dorp Street Mosque
Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, Western Cape

Date:1881
Type:Mosque
Style:Eclecticism
Style:Islamic Traditionalist
Status:Extant
Street:c/o Dorp and Long Streets

This is the first Hanafee mosque to be erected. It is the seventh oldest mosque of the Bo-Kaap. The C19 settlers to the Cape were the first to introduce the Hanafee code into the Cape Colony, long after the Shafee code introduced by earlier residents of Muslim faith. Abu Bakr Effendi, founder of the Hanafee denomination in the Cape was instrumental in its construction. But for the loss of some decorative pinnacles, it remains unaltered from its original state.


Writings about this entry

Cohen, Ronald. 2015. Cape Town : a study in watercolours. Cape Town: Fernwood Press. pg s.p.
Davids, Achmat. 1980. The Mosques of Bo-Kaap - A social history of Islam at the Cape. Athlone, Cape: The South African Institute of Arabic and Islamic Research. pg 21, 55, 163, 172-184
Martin, Desmond. 2007. Walking Long Street. Cape Town: Struik. pg 64, 65 ill
Rennie, John for CPIA. 1978. The Buildings of Central Cape Town 1978. Volume Two : Catalogue. Cape Town: Cape Provincial Institute of Architects. pg 137-138 Item 55.55