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Contemporary Arab architecture: A critical reading
The researcher analyses and discusses the development of the Arab region and the relationships among...

Folk culture: Cultural fusion and peace among peoples
This study is based on the idea that a people’s folk culture or cultural legacy is a wealth of...

The beginning of the folktale
The narratives of folktales have a strong influence on both the audience and the tale’s struct...
Issue 27
For loved ones who have left us…
Issue 27

Folklorists pass away quietly every day. Narrators, archivists and other creative types, they take with them a treasure of rich memories and anecdotes, and traditional songs, poems, arts, customs, traditions and crafts passed down through the generations. These treasures have had a significant influence on Arab culture, although some of our heritage has been lost or subject to negligence. Among these departed pioneers, there are creative artists and distinguished teachers who influenced our lives and touched our hearts and souls with their vibrant and significant contributions to heritage.

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Folk culture: Cultural fusion and peace among peoples
Issue 27

This study is based on the idea that a people’s folk culture or cultural legacy is a wealth of peace, security, tolerance and unity. Folk culture is the people’s spokesman; it helps us recognise a nation’s identity and it expresses the collective’s thoughts. The culture of peace already exists in our cultural legacy.

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The beginning of the folktale
Issue 27

The narratives of folktales have a strong influence on both the audience and the tale’s structure. The beginning of the tale includes a set of signals that make the tale coherent and that are associated with aesthetic and social dimensions that integrate with the structural scheme of the tale, whether it is oral or written.

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Research into popular games in Hît
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The invention of a game is a process that involves combining rules, tactics and a desired result in the interests of fun. Games encourage social and knowledge-based cohesion, and they vary according to people’s economic situations, their leisure time, and their access to centres that offer sports and cultural activities.

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Shrines and tombs in Damascus in Nu’man Qasatili’s book Al-Rawdah Al-Ghanna’fi Dimashq Al-Fayha’ (The Lush Garden of Redolent Damascus)
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Researchers try to understand the symbolism behind visiting the tombs of religious custodians to seek blessings, and they study the relationships among this practice, religion, faith and other cultural activities. As the practice of a certain group, religion is determined by time and place. Visits to custodians’ tombs are related to power and to the group’s interests, and the symbolism exists as long as these interests exist.

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Ardah folk dance
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Ardah, a type of folk dance that functions as a display of power, has long been popular in the Arabian Peninsula. The dance has been celebrated in numerous Arabic poems. Ardah is derived from an Arabic word that refers to the march of a huge army and soldiers gathering in preparation for war. When a country or tribe is under threat, the Ardah is performed to prepare the members of the tribe for battle.

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The lute in Arab Islamic civilisation: Theory and practice
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In the Arabian Peninsula, music and singing are associated with many cultural events. Several historical sources emphasise the importance of music and its relationship with folk culture. Historical references mention the emirs and kings’ fondness for the arts, especially music and singing. Ancient songs were accompanied by musical instruments. In the pre-Islamic era, Arabs used tambourines and flutes, which are mentioned in most Prophetic traditions and in the works of Muslim scholars.

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Contemporary Arab architecture: A critical reading
Issue 27

The researcher analyses and discusses the development of the Arab region and the relationships among this development, architectural trends, and thoughts concerning the issue of identity. This study highlights the problematic questions and challenges that Arab architecture faces from an educated viewpoint.

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Signs and symbols in the mountain villages of Southern Tunisia
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For a long time, folk culture has been seen as contradicting history because it is closely related to memory, fiction, myth and all that is sacred. Folk culture does not adhere to chronology, so it may omit entire historical periods and create other periods, interrupting the timeline and replacing it with a mythical timeline that focuses on personalities and events that represent the society’s actual history.

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