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The protection of traditions and the digital divide
Nowadays, humanity is experiencing a Western phenomenon called globalization. This trend endeavours ...

The Al Hajjalah dance of the Al Fayyoum Bedouins: A field study
Our heritage, which is enduring, will remain the first line of defence when we seek to protect our i...

Folkloric poetry and patriotic songs as resistance against the French occupation of Tunisia from 1881 to the 1930s
Poetry and patriotic songs were used as means to express resistance to the French occupation of sout...
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Folk culture and tourism
Issue 25

With the prevailing trend towards diversifying sources of national income in Arab countries - especially oil-producing nations - tourism has come to the forefront. It is now considered so important that universities and institutes are offering tourism studies. Tourism is an emerging industry in Arab oil-producing nations, and departments, ministries and institutions have been established to develop this vital sector.

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The protection of traditions and the digital divide
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Nowadays, humanity is experiencing a Western phenomenon called globalization. This trend endeavours to homogenise thinking, culture, society, economy and politics; it poses a great challenge to the identity of the Arab-Muslim nations. This phenomenon uses the media, the Internet and technology to target beliefs, values and virtues. They say globalization will transform the world into a small village. If this is true, geographic, historic, political and cultural barriers will fall.

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Symbolic dimensions in the folktale: A study of folktales’ symbolism in light of psychological and anthropological analyses and the history of religions
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Following methodological constraints, we can track the meanings that symbols hold for certain groups or cultures. However, this does not deny the fact that every culture has been shaped by everything that preceded it, from the first human innovations in the Stone Age to the digital technology of smart phones and the Internet, which reduces men to characters in a small village.

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Folkloric poetry and patriotic songs as resistance against the French occupation of Tunisia from 1881 to the 1930s
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Poetry and patriotic songs were used as means to express resistance to the French occupation of south and north Tunisia, and to protect national identity and belonging.

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The portrayal of Palestinian women in folkloric proverbs
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As one of the most common elements of folklore, proverbs offer faithful representations of individual and shared experiences. Some proverbs allude to incidents and events, and many reflect the community’s ethics and relationships. The study of proverbs is a study of social norms, trends and cultural values. Folkloric proverbs are no less sacred than norms and laws.

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Children’s traditional sports in Tunisia
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The historical development of Tunisian culture has played a significant role in the development of a diverse culture over thousands of years, from the Punic age and the Roman and Byzantine eras to the Islamic and Arab ages. Authenticity characterised Tunisian culture, which includes influences from a number of civilisations from the East to the West. Tunisia, a small African country that borders the Mediterranean Sea, was a cultural melting pot. This has contributed to the present connection between Tunisia’s Arab-Islamic culture and other cultures, especially those of Europe.

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Folkloric therapeutic prescriptions in Western Algeria: A field study
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Since the dawn of time, man has tried to treat his diseases and ailments using medicinal prescriptions. He discovered a number of plants from which he extracted highly effective therapeutic elements. Such medicinal prescriptions became popular, and they were passed down from generation to generation.

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The Al Hajjalah dance of the Al Fayyoum Bedouins: A field study
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Our heritage, which is enduring, will remain the first line of defence when we seek to protect our identity and roots from globalization. Folklore contributes to our understanding of culture and social structure.

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Traditional Iraqi architecture: Baghdad and Mosul as examples
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Traditional culture is viewed as the summary of the traditional thinking of certain groups that inhabit a place. Their co-existence results in multiple forms of innovation. Traditional culture is based on a set of qualities and traits that leads people to behave in a particular way, and thus establishes the identity with which they show their connection to the place they inhabit and their experiences, values and ethics. Material culture is part of general culture; it includes knowledge and skills that have been passed down through the generations.

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