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The fez is a piece of headwear, made from pressed wool, worn primarily by Muslim men in the regions of the former Ottoman Empire. The fez likely originated from the urban centers of the Balkans, where the fez-like hat has deep historical roots; it was subsequently adopted and refined by adding the tassel and red color by Ottoman Muslim Mediterranean sailors and merchants in port cities along the Mediterranean coast. Its name is derived from the Moroccan city of Fez, which became an important production center for the headwear. The fez afforded its users with several practical religious advantages over the ubiquitous turban: It was convenient (not necessitating the time-consuming wrapping), it allowed the forehead to be pressed to the ground during daily prayers, and ...

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