Damascus: Iron Founders
Arabic: Masbak al-ḥadīd
Date: Twelfth to sixteenth centuries
An iron foundry (Masbak al-ḥadīd) is mentioned in sources dating from the twelfth to the sixteenth century, though its location is not specified. Information is drawn from the work of Ibn ʿAsakir (d. 1176), al-Hadi (d. 1503), and al-Almawi (d. 1573). See also: Blacksmiths, Copper Founders; Copper Beaters.
Citation: Elisséeff, Nikita. “Corporations de Damas sous Nūr al-Dīn: Matériaux pour une topographie économique de Damas au XIIe siècle”, Arabica 3.1 (1956): p. 76.