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Religious Practices: Pilgrimage: Turkey
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All Muslims, male or female, who have the physical and financial ability are expected to perform the hac, the pilgrimage to the holy cities of Islam, Mecca and Medina, at least once in their lives. Undertaken during the first half of the last month of the Muslim year, Dhu al-Ḥijja, the pilgrims are required to be in a state of ritual purity and to put on iḥram (the pilgrimage clothes) before entering the area of Mecca.

During their performance of rituals, women wear their normal clothes as iḥram, obeying other rules, but without covering their faces. They usually prefer long light…

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Karataş, Mustafa, “Religious Practices: Pilgrimage: Turkey”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0614f>
First published online: 2009

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