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"....another for the women" Top 5 Page for this destination Libya Things to Do Tip by TheWanderingCamel

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  • Al-qbbah - Libya
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  • Ghadames rooftops - Libya
      Ghadames rooftops
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  • ....another for the women - Libya
  • ....another for the women - Libya

Life for the women of Ghadames was almost completely confined to their homes. Only able to come down into the streets when the men were in the mosque, or for their own occasional visits to the mosque, they made use of the flat rooftops of the adjoining houses to move from house to house to visit family and friends. Celebrations and ceremonies were held on the rooftops too, as was a women's market.
The one place that was absolutely her own domain was the Al-Qubba - the canopied room-within-a-room in her home where , as a bride, she awaited the arrival of her husband and, when widowed, she sat to receive her visitors for the four months and ten days of her official mourning period.

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  • Updated Feb 6, 2006
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