• n. A Jewish quarter in Iranian cities.

Example Sentences

  • "Around the beginning of the 18th century the Jews of Shiraz were moved to their own area, called the mahalleh, for which they paid a heavy tax." (source)

  • "The internal layout of each mahaleh (ghetto) played an important role in distinguishing Jewish life in Iran from the history of other ethno-religious communities." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Arabic / Judeo-Arabic


  • محلة mahala 'district, quarter, neighborhood'

    • Who Uses This

      • Persian: Jews with recent ancestry in Iran


      • North America


      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      mahalleh, mahale, mahalle, mahallah, mahalla, mahalah, mahala, mehalle, mehale, mehalleh, mehaleh, mahallya, mahallyah, mohalla, mohala, mohallah, mohalah

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