Bedouin Woman in Veil, Saudi Arabia

Photograph by Thomas Abercrombie

A Bedouin woman peers through a slit-eyed veil. Henna stains her work-worn hands. Patterned drapery on the tent, hand woven from dyed wool and goat’s hair, partitions off the harem. Muslim law allows a man four wives—but only if he can treat them equally.

National Geographic magazine, January, 1966