In Arab culture, what exactly is a majlis?

I've read that during Ramadan, after iftar, men may retreat to the majlis to drink a cup of coffee or smoke a shisha pipe. Majlis is defined as 'a traditional meeting place'. But what does this mean? Is a majlis a cafe, a tent, or what? Where would you find such a place? Dubai? Riyadh? And is it true that men gather there after iftar?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Majlis (مجلس) is an Arabic term meaning "a place of sitting" used to describe various types of formal legislative assemblies in countries with linguistic or cultural connections to Islamic countries. Also it is the equivalent of the term parliament in some Islamic-culture states like the Maldives. Majlis is also a common term used for a special gathering in remembrance of Husayn ibn Ali, the son of Ali and the grandson of the prophet Muhammad.

    Example of majlis (in the sense of legislative assemblies) that exist today:

    Azerbaijan - Milli Məclis

    Turkey - Türkiye Büyük Millet Meclisi

    Iran - Majlis of Iran

    Maldives - Majlis of the Maldives

    Oman - Majlis of Oman

    Saudi Arabia - Majlis of Saudi Arabia

    Turkmenistan - Halk Maslahaty and Majlis

    Uzbekistan - The Oliy Majlis

    The People's Consultative Assembly of Indonesia is known as Majelis Permusyawaratan Rakyat

    The National Assembly of Kuwait is the Majlis-al-Umma

    The Parliament of Pakistan is known as the Majlis-e-Shoora

    Kazakhstan - Majilis


    Also, Majlis is an Arabic term for a room in a private home used to entertain family and guests. In some homes there is a women's Majlis and a men's Majlis. It shares its grammatical root with the verb meaning 'to sit' (cf. British English 'sitting room').

    The same term is used to describe parties, perhaps most famously musical parties in the 'Abbasid era, and in this sense the concept has been widely adopted throughout the islamic world and beyond. This sense is sometimes now distinguished as an "adabi majlis" ("artistic majlis") and resembles a european salon as a forum for artistic expression, appreciation, and discussion.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Majlis Shisha

  • 4 years ago

    Majlis (or Mejlis; Arabic: مجلس‎, pl. مجالس Majālis) is an Arabic term meaning "a place of sitting", used in the context of "council", to describe various types of special gatherings among common interest groups be it administrative, social or religious in countries with linguistic or cultural connections to Islamic countries. It shares its root with the verb meaning 'to sit,' جلس jalasa (cf. British English 'sitting room'). The Majlis can refer to a legislature as well and is used in the name of legislative councils or assemblies in some of the states where Islamic culture dominates.[1][2] The term Majlis is used to refer to a private place where guests are received and entertained.[3] Among the Shia community the term Majlis is used as a verb meaning to the gathering who came to remember Ahl al-Bayt and in particular Husayn ibn Ali.

  • 1 decade ago

    majlis = living room

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think u already know the meaning of majlis.

    Its basically a "religious gathering" of people and friends.

    Can be anywhere, but i think u r supposed to talk about religious stuff! And it doesnt have to be in ramadan.

  • 4 years ago

    the gathering of friends in one place

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