To the West of Baoun, walkers will stumble upon Ras al Qasr, Byzantine ruins that according to legend still hide some well hidden treasures. Yet the town’s greatest claim to distinction lies not with archeology but with scholarship. Baoun is the ancestral hometown of a family which produced a series of Islamic scholars.
The first among them is a woman called Aisha bint Ahmad al Baouni, also known as Aisha al Baouniya. Renowned within her own lifetime as a Sufi mystic, poet and calligrapher, Aisha preached and published in the great centers of 15th century Islamic thought, Cairo and Damascus. When she died in Damascus in 1516, Aisha was regarded as the finest scholar of her era. She is now recognized by UNESCO for her contribution to Islamic civilization. People in Baoun have established the Aisha al Baouniya Cultural Forum in her honor.
Sites in the Ajloun Region:
From the few columns, stretches of stone pavement, and other remains which are visible in Pella today, it is hard to imagine the historical importance of this site or its once immense size. Pella has been inhabited for over 10,000 years, though, consistently from the Neolithic Period to the Ottoman rule of the area in the late 1800s.