Shrine of Ali al-Asghar ضريح علي اصغري

Variant Names: Ibn al-Hanafiyya, Maqam ibn Ali, Maqam ibn Hanifa
Location: W.
NW of Mosque of al-Nuri 
Date of Construction
: Badr al-Din Lu’lu’ (d. 1259) 
Period: Atabeg; reconstruction of an earlier Seljuq building (Madrasa of Nizam al-Mulk, 11th century) 
Current Status: destroyed
Date of Destruction:
August 29, 2015
Religious affiliation: Mashhad
Sources: MMD I28, Daywachi, Mosul in the Age of the Atabegs, 134, Khoury (1997)

The shrine of Ali al-Asghar was one of a number of shrines associated with the reign of Badr al-Din Lu’lu’ that were built on the site of former madrasas and devoted to the family of the prophet. While support for the shrine was diminished during the Ottoman period, it survived into the modern age and was one of the many Imami shrines targeted by the so called Islamic State.