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Tunisia. Tozeur Governorate. Tozeur. A lonely muslim woman walks in the medina (old city) on a sandy alley in between houses near the local mosque. She wears the abaya and the hidjab (islamic headscarf) on her head to cover their hair. 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. Tozeur is an oasis and a city in south west Tunisia. 15.09.94 © 1994 Didier Ruef