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Mihrab

A niche in the mosque of any religious Muslim building that indicates the direction of prayer toward Mecca.

Mihrab

 

a prayer niche located in the wall of a mosque facing Mecca. The mihrab may have a semicircular, polyhedral, or, less often, rectangular plan and is topped with a semidome. Ornamentation consists of decorative carvings in stucco, marble, clay, or wood; inlays; frescoes; and decorative semicolumns and arcature bands. Portable mihrabs, mainly of wood, with carved ornamentation, are known.

mihrab

mihrab with the minbar on the right
A niche in the mosque or any religious Muslim building indicating direction of prayer toward Mecca. Focal point of decoration with dome in front.
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Nevertheless, the exposure of the prayer hall and main mihrab was a priority if conclusive evidence of a mosque was to be found.
The exotic, geometric designs of mosaics and tapestries greet the visitor at every turn, notably at the home's most celebrated feature, a 13th-century Iranian mihrab.
Qur'an 3:37; for Mary's mihrab see further Ibn Kathir, Bidaya, vol.
Relying primarily on legendary accounts of Ghumdan, the ancient Sabean royal palace at San a, and comparable structures also known only from texts, she defines the class as consisting of mihrabs, in the meaning simply of "monuments.
the absence of mihrabs or prayer niches through much of the sequence and the incorrect orientation of the buildings, it can be stated that it is certainly probable, but not conclusive, that these structures were mosques, and thus possibly represent the presence of a Muslim community almost from the first at Shanga.