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Hair: Practices and Symbolism in Traditional Muslim Societies

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This study examines Muslim legal discussion of head and body hair by uncovering their symbolic meanings as found in written descriptions, as these reflect both reality and expected norms. The use of symbols and symbolizing processes, together with a wider conception of the way Muslims perceive themselves, their appearance and the human interactions they have in daily life and during ceremonies, confirms the multiplicity of meanings which exist in the legal discussion of head and body hair. Thus, these societies entertained several levels of meaning for hair, some of them contradictory and complementary at the same time.

Affiliations: 1: Oranim Academic College TIVON, ISRAEL, hhirsch@bezeqint.net

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