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, as a marker of identity in Islamic civilisation, with specific reference to Persianate cultures.

The Sociology of Clothing

Like language, clothing may communicate information about a person’s ethnic identity, social position, geographical origin, occupation, political orientation, religious outlook, age, and gender. To understand its social and cultural role, therefore, it should be viewed and analysed as a collection of symbols.

By carrying and displaying on their bodies clothes t…

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Bulookbashi, Ali A., Asatryan, Mushegh and Pakatchi, Ahmad, “Clothing”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 20 October 2018 <>

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