One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A short flight of steps used as a platform by a preacher in a mosque.
- ‘Despite its simple and modest architecture it bears magnificent decorative elements seen particularly clearly in the ceiling, the mihrab and minbar (pulpit).’
- ‘The third room is largely occupied by the 23-foot-tall wooden minbar.’
- ‘In this regard, it might be compared to the minbar in a mosque, which was the place from which the loyalty of the community to a given ruler was publicly affirmed in the sermon each Friday.’
- ‘Messenger of Allah, you climbed up on the minbar and said, ‘Ameen, ameen, ameen.’’
- ‘There is an upstairs balcony for the ‘sisters,’ a mihrab - a kind of understated altar - and a minbar, or pulpit, an upright latticed box at the top of five carpeted steps from which the imam delivers the khutba, or sermon.’
From Arabic minbar.
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