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View of Sarshahar Mahallah in Ordubad, Azerbaijan

A mahallah, mahalla, mahallya, mahalle, mohalla, mehalla, or mehalle (Arabic: محلةmaḥalla; Bengali: মহল্লা môhollā; Hindustani: मोहल्ला; محلہ mōhallā; Persian: محلهmahalleh; Azerbaijani: Məhəllə; Albanian: mahallë or mahalla, or mëhallë or mëhalla, Bulgarian: махала), is a country subdivision or neighbourhood in parts of the Arab world, Balkans, Western Asia and Indian subcontinent and nearby nations.

Notable mahallahs[edit]

Russia and former Soviet Union[edit]

A mahalla is an Islamic congregation or parish in Russia and a number of countries once part of the Soviet Union. Typically, a mahalla supports a single mosque. An imam is seen as the spiritual head of a mahalla. A mahalla is directly subordinate to a muhtasib and a territorial muhtasibat. [1]


  1. ^ Allen J. Frank (2001). Muslim Religious Institutions in Imperial Russia. BRILL. p. 68. ISBN 978-90-04-11975-8.

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