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Iraq. Kufa cemetary. 15 km from Najaf. A couple (man and woman) pays respect on the tomb of a family relative. The woman wears the abaya and the hijab on her head to cover her hair. The Muslem Bin Akel mosque is in the background. 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. It can be worn with the niqab, a face veil covering all but the eyes. Some women choose to wear long black gloves, so their hands are covered as well. 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. 27.02.04 © 2004 Didier Ruef ..