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Nostalgia for the Holy Rawdha in Algerian vernacular poetry: The example of ‘From Tiba’ by Ibn Qaytun
Algerian vernacular poetry derived its themes and artistic styles from Islam. The vernacular poets&r...

Children’s Games in Morocco
Children are very interested in playing games, and play is no less important than the educational sy...

A study of the narrative semantics of fairytales: Al Jan’ada fairytale as an example
Al Jan’ada is a fairytale from Saudi Arabia. It is the story of a poor, lonely fisherman who r...
Issue 26
Another step on the path
Issue 26

From the 1950s to the 1970s, two important field researchers visited Bahrain. They had a common purpose, but different topics; both travelled thousands of miles to the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula to learn about the music of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman. Their work in the Gulf complemented in-depth studies that they did as academics.

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Arab folk culture: Identity versus globalisation
Issue 26

In this study, the researcher focuses on folk heritage and identity and studies their correlation with folk literature and its models. The paper describes the relationship between life and heritage, a relationship that gives a country the foundation on which to build its society. This foundation can be affected by history, the present and the future.

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Vladimir Propp and the methodology used to study folk culture
Issue 26

After Vladimir Propp proposed theoretical foundations for the study of the tale, he focused on exploring the tale’s historical roots in his study ‘ The Historical Roots of the Wonder Tale’ (1946). I will use the French translation published in 1983 to introduce Propp’s historical approach to studying tales.

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A study of the narrative semantics of fairytales: Al Jan’ada fairytale as an example
Issue 26

Al Jan’ada is a fairytale from Saudi Arabia. It is the story of a poor, lonely fisherman who received the gift of a box of fish. One of the fish turned into a pretty girl who served the fisherman without his knowledge. After the poor fisherman learned of the girl’s existence, he loved her and treated her as his daughter. He warned her to be wary of a witch who lived in the area.

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Nostalgia for the Holy Rawdha in Algerian vernacular poetry: The example of ‘From Tiba’ by Ibn Qaytun
Issue 26

Algerian vernacular poetry derived its themes and artistic styles from Islam. The vernacular poets’ religious upbringing contributed to the Islamic orientation of their poetry. These poets dedicated themselves to studying the Holy Quran and the Prophet’s life’s, and this contributed significantly to their use of the Arabic language and to their literary knowledge.

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Children’s Games in Morocco
Issue 26

Children are very interested in playing games, and play is no less important than the educational system, clothing and eating habits in terms of shaping the child’s personality and preparing him for the future.

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The Jordanian Bedouin wedding: An introduction to reading signs and symbols
Issue 26

Marriage is regarded as one of the most important social rituals in human societies due to its role in organising relationships within communities and perpetuating these communities. This ritual reveals how a society thinks, and reflects its inherited customs, attitudes and cultural traditions. It also reflects the society’s perspectives on social interaction, existential concepts and world-views.

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Al Allawi Dance (Moroccan Dabkah)
Issue 26

Moroccan and Algerian folk heritage share a number of common features and aspects. The shared origins of the tribes and families of the two countries, their geographic location and their shared destiny affect the nature of the culture of the peoples in these two neighbouring countries.

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An analytical study of the music of folk songs: Al Sout as an example
Issue 26

Musical discourse is based primarily on a set of symbols, signs, allusions, and other expressive forms. This discourse differs from one society to another based on culture, customs, traditions and other distinguishing elements. One must study the different types of folk song in order to arrive at a precise definition of the artistic identities of the societies that produce folk songs.

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Clay hearths for baking bread
Issue 26

Clay hearths, regardless of their use and function, are one example of the many inventions that allow man to contain and control fire for use in daily life. Clay hearths were used as early as the Middle Palaeolithic age (100000 – 40000 BC), and evidence of clay hearths was found a very long time ago at Klisoura Cave, an archaeological site in southern Greece. Remains of clay hearths that date back to the Upper Palaeolithic (40000 – 20000 BC) have also been discovered.

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