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An 1881 engraving of the "Kubbet Dûris" near Duris in Lebanon[1]

A qubba (Arabic: قُبَّة‎) pl. قُبَّات qubbāt), also spelled ḳubba, kubbet and koubba, is an Arabic term for tomb structures, particularly Islamic domed shrines.

It originally was used to mean a tent of hides,[2] but it may also be used generally for tomb sites if they are places of pilgrimage.[3] The word is also used for domes atop the mausoleums or in Islamic medieval architecture.[4] A well-known example is the Dome of the Rock, known in Arabic as "Qubba al-Sakhrah" (Arabic: قُبَّةُ ٱلْصَّخْرَة‎, translit. Qubbatu 'ṣ-Ṣakhrah).

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  1. ^ Jessup (1881), p. 452.
  2. ^ Meri (2002), pp. 264-5.
  3. ^ Meri (2002), pp. 264.
  4. ^ Petersen (2001), Glossary.


  • Jessup, Samuel (1881). "The Wady Barada". Picturesque Palestine, Sinai, and Egypt, Division II. New York: D. Appleton & Co. pp. 444–452.
  • Meri, Josef F. (2002). "The cult of saints among Muslims and Jews in medieval Syria". Oxford Oriental Monographs. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-925078-3.
  • Diez, E. (2010). "Ḳubba". Encyclopaedia of Islam, 2nd ed.. Leiden: Brill.. (subscription required)
  • Petersen, Andrew (2001). A Gazetteer of Buildings in Muslim Palestine (British Academy Monographs in Archaeology). 1. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-727011-0.