Hejazi turban

The Hejazi turban (Arabic: عِمَامَة, translit. ʿEmāmah) is a type of the turban headdress native to the region of Hejaz in modern-day western Saudi Arabia.

It is but one version of Arabian turbans that have been worn in the Arabian Peninsula from the pre-Islamic era to the present day.

Many Arab Historians claim that the Pre- and Post-Islamic Arabs of the Hejaz region such as the Quraish, Ansar, Qahtanites, Kindites, Nabateans, Qedarites, Adnanites, Himyarites, Lakhmids, Ghassanids, Arabian Jews and others used to wear the turban, as opposed to the Keffiyeh which is popular today in the Arabian peninsula.


The Arabian ʿEmāmah is worn today by the Ulama and Imams of the 3 holy mosques, other mosques, judges and scholars.

An Orange or Dark Yellow version called the "Gabaana" is also worn in many places of the Hijaz nowadays but it's not Arabic in origion. It may also be Multicolored or Dark Red or Green in some places like Madina Munawwara. Sometimes it may also have a pointed cap in the middle like a Turkish Kalpak which shows the influence of the Ottoman Caliphate era.

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