Mozabite women and child.   (2007)
Maker:  Kathleen COHEN (1933-)
©Kathleen Cohen
California State University IMAGE Project
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The Ibadis practice a form of Islam that is distinct from both the Sunni and the Shi'a. Ibadism is both conservative and very egalitarian believing that any believer can be elected as Iman. It is believed to be one of the earliest schools and developed out of the Kharijites who believed they were the only Muslims faithful to the original Islam. The women are closely covered allowing only one eye to show. Because of their strict moral code they are called 'the puritans of the desert.' The practitioners of the Ibadi sect of Algeria are know as Mozabites. The men wear white hats and traditional baggy pants while many of the women wear white hijabs that cover them completely.