The Digital Re-Publication of Mamluk Jerusalem by Michael Burgoyne 


In 1968, architects from the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem conducted a comprehensive survey of the city’s Islamic buildings, including a specific focus on the Mamluk era.

The idea for the survey initially stemmed from Dame Kathleen Kenyon, the Chairman of the School’s Council in 1968, as excavation limitations after the 1967 war prompted a focus on Jerusalem’s older Islamic buildings. Archie G Walls conducted a pilot survey in 1968, supervised by Michael Burgoyne and historian Denis Richards.

In recognition of the much-celebrated project, CBRL has released a digital edition of the publication as well as an online exhibition, both supported by Al Tajir Trust.

Furthermore, the release of the volume has spurred efforts to make the archival collections available online, which will eventually be accessible through CBRL’s forthcoming digital repository. These collections offer valuable insights into the evolution of construction practices, design concepts, historical events, and notable figures. In the interim, researchers can access collection summaries via a special link, provided upon request.