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[T]he polite Bedouin term for menstruation is “that which forbids prayer” (hirman is-sala). Islamic convention stipulates that a menstruating woman may not enter a mosque or touch holy objects, the Koran in particular.

  • Source: Abu-Lughod, Lila. Veiled sentiments: honor and poetry in a Bedouin society. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986.
  • Culture: Libyan Bedouin
  • Location: Africa