Monday, September 17, 2007

Historic Arabia: the Yemeni dagger called a jambiya

many 'JAMBIYA's
Originally uploaded by Abd al-haq
Jambiya (Arabic script جمبية or جنبية) is the Arabic term for dagger, but it is generally used to describe a specific type of dagger with a short curved blade that is worn on a belt. Although the jambiya is of Arab origin, it is mostly associated with people of Yemeni descent. Men typically above the age of 14 wear it as an accessory to their clothing. It is said that a Yemeni man is incomplete without his jambiya, says Wikipedia.

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