Definition and background:
In Islamic tradition, the pulpit found near the qiblah wall in a mosque used by the Imam (prayer leader) for sermons and prayer. Minbars are made of wood, stone, marble and alabaster, and usually richly decorated. (pr. MEEN-bahr) Examples: Egypt, Cairo, Mihrab and Minbar of the Mosque of Sultan Hasan, 1356-1360. The liwan, or niche to the right of the mihrab, is the mihrab. This side of the mosque is used as a madrasa by the Shafi, one of the four schools of Islamic legal and theological thought. Also see dikka, mihrab, and minaret.
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