Wednesday, December 19, 2007


The zebibah, Arabic for raisin, is a dark circle of callused skin, or in some cases a protruding bump, between the hairline and the eyebrows. It emerges on the spot where worshipers press their foreheads into the ground during their daily prayers.

Here is a fine article in the NY Times on the ZEBIBAH.

One of our editors, Ben Barankin, published a letter on prayer marks in the International Journal of Dermatology. Barankin Letter

Dr. Barankin's letter was a comment on:

Prayer marks.
Abanmi AA, et. al.
Int J Dermatol. 2002 Jul;41(7):411-4.
Dermatology Department, Research Center,
Riyadh Al Kharj Armed Forces Hospital

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