A glimpse of Victorian Muslim London from the Ottoman Archives

Hadji Mohammed Doulie’s ornate letter to caliph-sultan Abdul Hamid II, 18 November 1899, Ottoman Archives BOA Y.PRK.AZJ.00039.00076.001, Courtesy of Dr Halim Gencoglu, University of Cape Town.
Hadji Doulie’s proposed mosque in west central London as advertised in the Ottoman periodical, al-Ma’lumat. (Courtesy: Dr Halim Gencoglu, University of Cape Town)
An illustration of the “London Temporary Mosque” on Euston Road. Source: The Philipsburg Mail, 15 December 1899. (Courtesy: Abdulmaalik Tailor)


[1] See Gencoglu, H., Ottoman Traces in Southern Africa: The Impact of Turkish Emissaries and Muslim Theologians (Istanbul: Libra, 2018), p82; H. Gencoglu has amassed quite a bit of primary documentary evidence to show that Buckingham Palace was involved in making the request to the Sublime Porte, presumably as a matter of protocol.

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