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Clothing in the Islamic Tradition

Clothing as a Divine Gift

Although clothing may be considered merely a covering for the body with no obvious connection to religion, clothing is afforded great importance in many religious traditions. In Islam it is viewed as a gift of God to humanity. Aside from a means of satisfying people’s physical needs, some Qurʾānic passages also note its important cultural role. Two Qurʾānic verses (Q 16:81 and Q 7:26) use the verbs jaʿala lakum (‘He made for you’) and anzalnā (‘We sent i…

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Ahmad Pakatchi, Translated by Mushegh Asatryan and Ali A. Bulookbashi, “Clothing”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 09 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_05000095>
First published online: 2021

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