By Yedida Kalfon Stillman
This richly illustrated quantity is a ancient and ethnographic learn of 1 very important element of Arab and Islamic fabric tradition - garments. whereas partially descriptive, its imperative concentration is at the evolution and variations of modes of costume over the last 1400 years in the course of 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 developments of every age.In addition to the 5 old chapters, 3 chapters are dedicated to significant issues of Arab dress background - the costume code for non-Muslims, the real 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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Von Karaba´ek, Abendländische Künstler zu Konstantinopel, in Denkschr. d. Kais. Akad. d. , Bd. lxii, Abh. 1 (Vienna 1918), p. 67. 33 pre-islamic arabia and the early umma 19 suggested a connection between this cap and the ancient Egyptian headcovering called by the Latin writers turritum capitis ornamentum or turritam coronam. However, S. Fraenkel’s suggestion that the word is derived from Aramaic ãer§tÊn seems more probable, since such hats were worn in the Aramaic-speaking regions in the period just prior to the advent of Islam.
U#ayr, as a simile (“like an AÈmasÊ woman without a veil”—ka ’lAÈmasiyya fi ’l-naßÊf al-È§sir) for something white and fair that suddenly was manifest. 43 Oddly enough, there is no mention of any sort of hats or head-dresses for women at this early period, despite a veritable plethora of such items from the High Middle Ages to modern times. In fact, even 41 See the detailed discussion on the mandÊl in Franz Rosenthal, Four Essays on Art and Literature in Islam, Mayer Memorial Studies II, (Brill: Leiden 1971), pp.
P. 383: musbil fi ’l-Èayy aÈw§ rifall. 16 chapter one Ankle-length garments were considered proper in the early umma. Shorter garments became the mark of an ascetic, longer ones the mark of a libertine. Already in the Prophet’s time the ancient Near Eastern practice of covering the head out of modesty and respect was the norm for both men and women. It is for this reason the Muslims and Jews customarily cover their heads when praying, rather than baring them as in the West. The Qur"§n warns that the wicked man will be dragged down to hell by his exposed “lying, sinful forelock” (Sura XCVI, 15-16).