from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The head-dress of the men of the Bedouin or desert tribes of the Moslem East.
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I took Musique Plus, the Québec equivalent to Much Music, to task a few months ago about one of their VJs wearing a keffieh on-air and got the "just a fashion item" response.
Sheikh Ali Debalohp had a quilted cotton coverlet, and Mohammed Ali Hamid the same and a cartridge-belt; Sheikh Hassan Bafori a blanket, a smart silk keffieh and
(Isaiah 61: 10) The ordinary head-dress of the Bedouin consists of the keffieh, a square handkerchief, generally of red and yellow cotton or cotton and silk, folded so that three of the corners hang down over the back and shoulders, leaving the face exposed, and bound round the head by a cord.
Ankori discovers grafted, displaced olive trees and a keffieh woven from human hair, erotic line drawings depicting the Song of Songs and a man shouldering the "camel of hardships" in the form of an eye-shaped landscape view of the Dome of the Rock.
Is it the enraged crowd in keffieh, vowing allegiance to Hamas?