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Folk proverbs in Damascus: A critical view
Multiple books and articles have been authored about Arabic folk proverbs, particularly Syrian folk ...

Folk culture: System, function and discours
Culture in general, and folk culture in particular, cannot be studied without taking complex interre...

Meanings and songs in Tunisia’s Ma’luf tradition
An Arab-Spanish genre of Oriental and Islamic music, Ma’luf emerged at the beginning of the 7t...
Issue 28
Renovation or Destruction
Issue 28

No one can stand in the face of the changes and conditions that overwhelm folk culture, especially the performing arts. We miss, in our days, the great performers who used to sing professionally and full heartedly.
One example of the arts that have been displaced is the pearl diver singing. With the end of the pearl diving industry, the pearl diver singers resorted to evening gatherings to reiterate the songs they used to sing onboard. Singers of our days spare no efforts to revive the traditions of pearl diver songs, trying hopelessly to bring back the same glory of those past days.

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Folk culture: System, function and discours
Issue 28

Culture in general, and folk culture in particular, cannot be studied without taking complex interrelated questions into consideration. The cultural is influenced by the historical and political, because culture is collective by nature. Because culture is collective and multi-dimensional, I used a combined approach in this study.

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Research on folk literature and cultural changes: A theoretical approach
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Folk culture plays a significant role in cultural and postmodern studies. As a part of mass culture, folk culture has contributed to the weakening of the dominance of elite literature, which has long prevailed in Western academic institutions. The audience finds themselves in a new cultural space where the once marginal is becoming popular because of the technologies of our time.

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Folk proverbs in Damascus: A critical view
Issue 28

Multiple books and articles have been authored about Arabic folk proverbs, particularly Syrian folk proverbs. Folk proverbs are narrated verbally and passed down from generation to generation.

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Social fiction in folktales: The relationship between social system and narration
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The context of social folktales is based on the individual’s position within the social system. Folktales reflect the collective components – the culture, traditions and arts – of the society from which they emerge.

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The women of the desert’s use of tiblaj and of henna and Peganum harmala to ward off spells
Issue 28

Wedding preparations start with henna ceremonies. The bride sits in the courtyard of her home in the middle of a circle of women who take turns applying Henna to her hands. The bride’s face is covered with a white veil, and guests present her with gifts in a process that conveys signs. The gifts are passed over the bride’s head several times in a circular motion, then the bride’s mother throws handfuls of henna and Peganum harmala into the air to avert the evil eye and ward off any spells. After the bride goes to her room, the singing and dancing commence.

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Characteristics of the cadences of Tunisian folk music
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Folk music’s characteristics reflect the soul, essence and culture of the society from which the music emerged. Since the development of research methods in musicology and the birth of ethnomusicology, researchers have attempted to shed light on folk music in an effort to preserve it.

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Meanings and songs in Tunisia’s Ma’luf tradition
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An Arab-Spanish genre of Oriental and Islamic music, Ma’luf emerged at the beginning of the 7th century under the Arab Islamic empire. It developed over a long period of time and evolved into a key musical model with a set of rules and special aesthetic aspects during the 13th century.

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Research into Moroccan carpets and manufacturing traditions and their survival in the age of globalization
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The history of the Moroccan carpet reflects rich artistic traditions and social dimensions that mean it was once more than a craft for Moroccans. The emergence of modern techniques changed the carpet from a handmade product to one that was produced by machines and computer programs, then to a mass commercial product.

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