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Submitted by Ted Gruen (United States), Jul 23, 2010 at 14:46

Eighteenth-century British travelers in Anatolia reported the startling sight of Turkish peasant women at work in the fields who, alarmed at being caught out unveiled in the presence of "gaiours" (= "infidels"), would swiftly deal with the problem by pulling their skirts over their heads, apparently unconcerned about what was thereby unveiled.

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