Agal (accessory)

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A Bahraini man wearing agal.

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.[1]

It is usually worn by Arabs of the Arabian Peninsula (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan, south of Iraq, and the Gulf Arabs), with the exception of Yemen and Oman.

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It is said in Aswan Egypt that each band of an Agal represents 1000 family members of the wearer.


  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary. Second Edition, 1989.