maqsura

maqsura

An enclosure in a mosque which includes the praying niche, made usually of an openwork screen; originally meant for the sultan during public prayers.
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I need only point to the different ways in which plain alif and alif + hamza (which are separate Unicode code points, as are ya', alif maqsura, and Persian ya' (56)) are treated in searches; or to the fact that the presence of shadda, vowel signs, or plain errors will skew search results.
Haeedeh Laleh presents her investigation of the monumental Seljuq-period maqsura, or royal enclosure, in the Friday mosque at Qazvin in Iran; the late Michael Meinecke writes on Abbasid stucco decoration from al-Raqqa, the site he excavated in Syria; and Klaus Kreiser examines the concept of legibility in Ottoman inscriptions in light of Richard Ettinghausen's seminal article, "Arabic Epigraphy: Communication or Symbolic Affirmation?