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Clothing In Islam Essay

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1Throughout Islamic history the libas of the Islamic people has been recorded, researched and interpreted by historians around the world. The clothing used by Muslims were used for common sense things like protection against cold, heat, and covering ones genital parts but it was also used for symbolic purposes including covering ones face with a veil for reasons like privacy, modesty and division between the public and private sphere. Islamic people used clothing for two main purposes, which were clothing for inside and outside everyday wear as well as clothing required for religious reasons. By looking at the entry about Islamic libas in the Encyclopedia Of Islam Vol. 2 in a historiographical manor we can see the way this subject has been studied.Clothing for everyday wearing purposes can be seen as early as the time of the Prophet Muhammad. Research done during this time shows that the basic articles of clothing during the time of Muhammad for both sexes consisted of an undergarment, a shirt, a long dress, gown, or tunic, and something overtop like a mantle coat, or wrap. Footwear used during this time was either shoes or sandals, and everyone had a head covering. The clothing worn during this time by men and women were similar to one and other. The differences in males and female fashion could be seen by how their clothes hung off of their body, the jewelry, headwear (like the veil) and footwear they used as well as the colours of their clothing. One of the main questions that has come up with clothing during this time is the type of undergarment that was worn by the Islamic people. The basic undergarment was the izar, which goes back to prehistoric times but scholars have been asking the question and disputing that the sirwal (basically underwear) was already being used at this time. The research on this topic would have come from those living in Arabia at the time and most of the information comes from the Hadiths from the prophet Muhammad as well as other secondary sources from the 1800s and 1900s. The authors are confident in the reliability of the sources used for this time period and they are accessible to the reader. The authors make no mention of the comfortably of the clothes and whether or not the people wearing them liked them. This could have been answered by recreating the clothing, as they mention what clothing was made out of and other sources could answer this question.[1: Encyclopedia Of Islam, 2nd Edition., s.v. "Internet." Brill Online Reference Works][2: Encyclopedia Of Islam, 2nd., s.v. "Internet."][3: Ibid.]The most researched piece of clothing found in the libas section of the Encyclopedia Of Islam was on the veil. Women in early Islamic times normally covered their head and face with any of a variety of veils when appearing in public. A common head veil was the mandīl or mindīl. The two most common face veils were the lit̲h̲ām, a rectangular cloth covering the nose and the lower half of the...

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