mihrab


mih·rab

noun \ˈmē-rəb\

Definition of MIHRAB

:  a niche or chamber in a mosque indicating the direction of Mecca

Origin of MIHRAB

Arabic miḥrāb
First Known Use: 1673

mihrab

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Semicircular prayer niche in the qiblah wall (the wall facing Mecca) of a mosque, reserved for the prayer leader (imam). The mihrab originated in the reign of the Umayyad caliph al-Walid I (705–715), when the famous mosques at Medina, Jerusalem, and Damascus were built. It was adapted from the prayer niches common in Coptic Christian monasteries. Mihrabs are usually ornately decorated.

Variants of MIHRAB

mihrab Arabic mihrab

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