Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World

Get access

Clothing, Jewelry and Make-up
(14,718 words)

1. Medieval Islamic World

The Jews of the Muslim world, and especially the women, were meticulous about facial and bodily adornments. This thoroughness was regarded positively by sages such as Maimonides, who stated that a husband was required to provide his wife with the necessary means to cultivate her appearance and make herself attractive to him (Code, bk. IV, Marriage 13:1–5). The Cairo Geniza is the primary sourc…

Cite this page
Hadas Hirsch, Esther Shkalim, Esther Juhasz, Carmella Abdar and Ora Molad, “Clothing, Jewelry and Make-up”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_000493>
First published online: 2010

▲   Back to top   ▲