Iraq 2004 Muslim women

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Iraq. Najaf. A woman, wearing the abaya and the hijab on her head to cover her hair, prays close to the picture of the ayatollah Mohammed Baqer el-Hakim who was the leader of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq. He was killed in a car bomb attack in Najaf on august 29 2003. A memorial and a huge mosque will be built on the same place to remember the holy man. The abaya, sometimes also called aba, is a simple, loose over-garment, essentially a robe-like dress, worn by some women in parts of the Islamic world. Traditional abaya are black and may be either a large square of fabric draped from the shoulders or head or a long caftan. The abaya covers the whole body except the face, feet, and hands. The word hijab (or hidjab) refers to both the veil covering the head and traditionally worn by muslim women (Islamic headscarf), but also the  modest muslim styles of dress in general. 26.02.04 © 2004 Didier Ruef