maqsura

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maqsura.
1. Enclosure in a mosque, situated near the mihrab and minbar, defined by a metal or timber screen, used by a ruler for purposes of protection and status (e.g. the Great Mosque, Qairouan, Tunisia (C11) ).

2. Large domed room used for communal prayer (e.g. Mosque of Baybars, Cairo (C13) ).

Bibliography

Blair & and Bloom (1994);
Hillenbrand (1994)