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(a., pls. lubus , albisa ) like its cognate counterpart in most Semitic languages (cf. Akk. lubūs̲h̲u ; Heb. and Aram. ; Syr. ), is the general Arabic term for clothing or apparel. The dictionaries define it as “that which conceals or covers the pudenda”, for which the Ḳurʾānic verse is cited, “O Children of Adam! We have revealed unto you clothing to conceal your shame, and finery, but the garment of piety, that is be…

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Stillman, Y.K., Stillmann, N.A. and Majda, T., “Libās”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 23 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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