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Intricate doors, a standard characteristic of Islamic structure Dome o best of th minar The minaret in Kairouan dates from advert 730, and is older than many of the mosque it serves. The d ti of a few Tunisian mosques are very ornate; others are extra austere. allery, fro hich the uezzin ca e faithfu rayer Octagonall minarets i are in keeping with Turkish towers. Many Tunisian minarets are sq. the entire approach up. M OSQUES Bourguiba Mosque in Monastir is a contemporary development yet has a few conventional beneficial properties. The mosque or masjid (“a position of worship”) is likely one of the major different types of Islamic structure. the elemental components contain a courtyard surrounded through columns, and a prayer corridor. The layout is assumed to be according to the home that belonged to Mohammed in Medina which had a rectangular courtyard with huts. This courtyard has turn into the prayer corridor which faces towards Mecca. The corridor is separated from the remainder of the mosque via a step or balustrade. Mosques have been usually surrounded by means of zaouias (tombs). those have been used as burial grounds for Islamic holy males (marabouts) and function locations for pilgrimages. One such complicated are available in Le Kef. A P O R T R A I T O F T U N I S I A 25 Z AOUIAS Zaouias are humble resting areas for those who have devoted their lives to Islam. basic in layout, they're frequently whitewashed and no more grand than mausoleums, and will be discovered dotted round the cities and villages of Tunisia. before everything the identify was once given to an remoted a part of a mosque that was once used as a meeting position for Muslim mystics, in general ascetic Sufis. Following the demise of its grasp, a zaouia frequently turned a sanctuary that attracted pilgrims. Zaouia in Mahdia, located outdoors town beside a cemetery. the location is conducive to meditation. Zaouias aren't merely used as locations of pilgrimage yet frequently have a social functionality besides. they're used to carry a weekly marketplace, for example. M EDERSAS within the center a while, a medersa was once a legislations tuition, one of those Muslim college, and the most centre for selling Sunni orthodoxy, Muslim legislation and theology. they typically incorporated lecture halls and, as scholars frequently lived there, boarding rooms. Designed alongside an analogous traces as a mosque, merdersas have an internal courtyard past the most front and likewise a prayer corridor. the lecture rooms are as a rule positioned to the facet of the courtyard. quite often present in the medina of huge cities and towns, medersas may have quite tricky ornament. The courtyard of a medersa is surrounded by means of arcades, very like a mosque. The shaded arcades sheltered viewers and supplied a spot for quiet contemplation. B AB Bab Diwan is without doubt one of the gates resulting in the medina in Sfax. A bab is a door or gate that not just leads right into a city yet is additionally used to divide a town’s parts into smaller quarters, making a feeling of safeguard, and guarding opposed to unwelcome viewers. within the twentieth century a few of the gates disappeared, turning the non-public components into public ones. yet even now in Tunis or Kairouan, there are nonetheless gates which are centuries-old resulting in inner most houses.