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By Yedida Kalfon Stillman

This richly illustrated quantity is a old and ethnographic learn of 1 vital point of Arab and Islamic fabric tradition - garments. whereas partly descriptive, its relevant concentration is at the evolution and changes of modes of gown over the last 1400 years during the heart East, North Africa, and for the center a long time, Islamic Spain. Arab garments is handled as a part of an Islamic vestimentary method and is mentioned in the context of the social, spiritual, esthetic, and political tendencies of every age.In addition to the 5 old chapters, 3 chapters are dedicated to significant subject matters of Arab gown background - the costume code for non-Muslims, the $64000 socio-economic and political establishment of luxurious materials and clothes of honor, and the main recognized and regularly misunderstood establishment of veiling.

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The qamÊß, the jubba, the #im§ma, the sirw§l, the burnus, and khuff were specifically forbidden. The reason for the prohibition is that the qamÊß, jubba, and the sirw§l were tailored garments, and the #im§ma and burnus were headcoverings. 53 It is reported that #$"isha did wear garments dyed with safflower, while a muÈrima. As already noted above, she wore neither the lith§m nor the burqu# when in a state of iÈr§m, but saw nothing wrong with a woman wearing jewelry, a black or rose-colored head veil, or boots.

Garments or costume accessories which are older than two centuries are relatively rare, so despite differences in focus and period, reconstructions of historical dress all share a reliance on contemporary (that is, of that period) writing and visual arts for information. Travelers, local historians, and authors of legal documents all mention the clothing of the indigenous people they are observing or of their peers, as the case may be, but it is a challenging job to sort through the confusing array of brief descriptions and the variety of terminology used.

2. Contra W. Björkman, “Turban,” EI 1, IV, 889, cf. al-Bukh§rÊ, ‘aÈÊÈ, Kit§b Fa·§"il al-‘aȧba, b§b 8, no. 1. 32 The ãaylas§n was a shawl-like headcloth which, though worn by Muslims, was considered a typically KhaybarÊ Jewish garment. Anas b. ”33 It could be that the ãaylas§n was identical with the Jewish ãallÊth, the four-cornered shawl with “show fringe” (Hebrew ßißÊth) on each corner in accordance with the biblical injunction of Numbers 15:37-39ff. Jews in the Eastern Mediterranean world in the centuries just preceding Islam wore a variety of such shawls (Talmudic Aramaic appiliyÙn and isãÙla) which were without the ritual fringes no different from their Roman counterparts, the pallium and the stola.

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