Four Mosques with Jewish stories

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Shah Jahan Mosque - Woking

1. The first mosque in Britain

The Shah Jahan Mosque is famous for being Britain’s first purpose-built mosque, but one of the most incredible twists in the mosques story was that it was commissioned by a Jewish man, Dr Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner. He commissioned the mosque in 1889 to provide a place of worship for Muslim students at his Oriental Institute.

If a Jew commissioning a mosque seems a bit strange, a British Jew founding a University in Pakistan is probably just as strange. But these are just two of the contributions Dr. Leitner made to the Muslim world.

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Four Mosques with Jewish stories