By Yedida Stillman, Norman Stillman

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504. , 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).

65 Ibn \anbal Musnad VI, p. 438. E. (L. A. Mayer Memorial Institute for Islamic Art: Jerusalem, 1980), passim. 67 al-Bukh§rÊ, ‘aÈÊÈ, Kit§b al-Lib§s, b§bs 90 and 93; Ibn \anbal, Musnad VI, p. 172. , 92. 26 chapter one embroidered figures just as they had no objection to silk, brocade, and other luxury fabrics. As already noted, many of the garments worn in early Islamic times were the same for both men and women, especially tunics and wraps. There were, nonetheless, distinct stylistic differences.

The canonical ÈadÊth collections are almost unanimous in citing condemnations of the practice of ostentatiously trailing one’s garment along the ground (jarr min al-khayul§"). The pre-Islamic poets frequently describe the dragging of one’s garments along the ground in times of peace, prosperity, and carousing. The poet #Amr b. 27 24 al-Bukh§rÊ, ‘aÈÊÈ, Kit§b al-Jan§"iz, b§b 3 et passim; and in most of the other canonical collections. 25 al-Bukh§rÊ, ‘aÈÊÈ, Kit§b al-Jum#a, b§b 7 et passim; as well as in most other canonical collections.

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