Around the end of the 19th century, Jews were a majority of Jerusalem's population, and began to spread out of the Jewish Quarter into the Muslim Quarter, including Bab al-Huta. By 1948, however, there were few Jews remaining in the neighborhood. According to Pierre van Paassen, one of the causes of that were that the 1929 riots incited by Haj Amin al-Husseini were directed against the Jewish immigrants of Bab al-Huta, who increased in number with the rise of Zionism.
The neighborhood is considered one of the poorest areas in the Old City. It is home to the Dom Romani community of the Old City, known in Arabic as al-Nawar, led by mukhtar Abed-Alhakim Mohammed Deeb Salim.