from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A square of cloth, often embroidered, traditionally worn as a headdress by Arab men, either by winding it around the head or by folding it into a triangle, draping it over the head, and securing it with an agal.

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  • noun A cloth worn on the head and about the neck by some Arab males, indoors and out.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Arabic kūfīya, from feminine of kūfī, of Kufa, Kufic, from al-Kūfa, Kufa, a city in central Iraq.]

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From Arabic كوفية (kufíyya).


  • This was unusual, as the keffiyeh is associated with Arab masculinity, and many believe this to be something of a fashion statement by Khaled, denoting her equality with men in the Palestinian armed struggle.

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  • The iconic "spider-web" black-and-white keffiyeh is often displayed symbolically by members of Arafat's Fateh party (which more generally uses yellow as its party colour), although it has never been able to expropriate it as their exclusive symbol.

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  • Another Palestinian figure associated with the keffiyeh is Leila Khaled, a female member of the armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

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  • The colors of the stitching in a keffiyeh are also vaguely associated with Palestinians 'political sympathies.

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  • Urban Outfitters calls their keffiyeh the “anti-war woven scarf.”

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  • Considering the violence associated with the Palestinian Liberation Organization, calling the keffiyeh an “anti-war” scarf is extremely misleading.

    Stop wearing the Keffiyeh.....

  • The keffiyeh is a piece of cloth that is really good at keeping the sun off your head and the sand off your face, it is worn all over the Arab world not just by Palestinians US soldiers wear them.

    Stop wearing the Keffiyeh.....

  • With terror victorious, not only does a school teaching Arabic become a madrassa which necessarily means it teaches Islamic extremism, as Daniel Pipes believes, but a paisley scarf is necessarily a keffiyeh, which is necessarily a sign that the person wearing it favors "murdering Jews," as the above mentioned "pro-Jewish blogger" asserts.

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  • The keffiyeh is a symbol of the PLO brought into the Western fashion lexicon by Yasser Arafat himself.

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  • Rachael Ray's 'keffiyeh'-inspired scarf in a Dunkin' Donuts ad sparked conservative criticism.

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