The agal (Arabic: عقال, ‘iqāl: "bond" or "rope", in Hebrew: עיגול\Igul), also spelled iqal, egal or igal, is an accessory worn usually by Arab men. It is a black cord, worn doubled, used to keep the ghutrah in place on the wearer's head.
It is said in Aswan Egypt that each band of an Agal represents 1000 family members of the wearer.
- Oxford English Dictionary. Second Edition, 1989.