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View of Sarshahar Mahallah in Ordubad, Azerbaijan

A mahallah, mahalla, mahallya, or mohalla (Arabic: محلة‎‎ maḥalla, Bengali: মহল্লা mahallā, Hindi: मोहल्ला mōhallā, Persian: محله‎‎ maḥalla, Urdu: محله‎, Azerbaijani: Məhəllə) is a country subdivision or neighbourhood in parts of the Arab world, Balkans, Western and South Asia and nearby countries.

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. [2]


  1. ^ Couté, Pierre-Daniel; Léger, Jean-Michel (1989). Bénarès (in French and English). Éditions Créaphis. p. 30. ISBN 978-2-907150-09-5. Le terme [mohalla] apparaît parfois sous la forme de mahal. / The term used interchangeably for mohalla is mahal. 
  2. ^ Allen J. Frank (2001). "Muslim Religious Institutions in Imperial Russia". ISBN 9789004119758. 

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