Bab Huta

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Map of the Muslim Quarter

Bab al-Huta is a neighborhood in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem to the north of the Haram al-Sharif (Temple Mount). It is named after the gate in the Haram compound which is Arabic for "Forgiveness Gate".


In the late 15th century, Mujir ad-Din described it as one of the largest quarters in Jerusalem.[1] A census taken by the Ottoman authority registered only Muslims in the quarter.[1] At the beginning of the 20th century, the quarter had boundaries defined as follows:

  • North and East - the city walls between St Stephen's and Herod gates.
  • South - the north side of the Temple Mount.
  • West - Zawiyat el-Hunud Street, 'Aqabet er-Rahibat, Bab el-Ghawanima Street.[1]

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.[citation needed]


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.[2][3][4][5]


  1. ^ a b c Adar Arnon (1992). "The Quarters of Jerusalem in the Ottoman Period". Middle Eastern Studies. 28 (1): 1–65.
  2. ^ Selig, Abe. Jerusalem’s Herod’s Gate receives face-lift. 06/29/2010. Jerusalem Post
  3. ^ A People Apart: The Romani community seeks recognition. By Eetta Prince-Gibson. Dom Research Center. 2001
  4. ^ Danny Rubinstein. People / Steve Sabella: Blurring the lines. Haaretz. 2005
  5. ^ Joseph B. Glass and Rassem Khamaisi. Report on the Socio-Economic Conditions in the Old City of Jerusalem. Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto. p.4

Coordinates: 31°46′55″N 35°14′07″E / 31.78194°N 35.23528°E / 31.78194; 35.23528