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  • "Fragrance of sardine and harissa escape the grocer's shop, run by a Jerbi, stained gray smock, full moon face, zebiba on his forehead, mark of the pious who bow in prayer, greed, and acquisition of wealth, honing their instinctive sense of deprivation."

    Talismano by Abdelwahab Meddeb, translated by Jane Kuntz, p 31 of the Dalkey Archive Press paperback

    September 18, 2011

  • "The zebiba used to be the mark of an elderly Muslim man, the fruit of a lifetime's devotion, but it is increasingly seen on the faces of young Egyptians.

    Literally meaning 'a raisin', the zebiba is a patch of hardened skin where the forehead touches the ground during Muslim prayers."

    - Magdi Abdelhadi, 'Signs of division on Egypt's brow', BBC website, 23 June 2008.

    June 24, 2008