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Folk literature characteristics of “Bilawhar wa Budasf”
Using a folk literary perspective, this study revisits Arabic literary texts from different ages. Th...

Traditional markets in the UAE
Markets are among the most important facilities in states and cities. They serve as places for shopp...

Moroccan identity as reflected in folk songs and dances
Identity includes all the features that distinguish one group from another. These features - which a...
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Heritage Museums of the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula
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In the Gulf countries, people have gone to great lengths to preserve material heritage that dates from the time before the discovery of oil.

After collecting artefacts, tools and handicrafts, private individuals opened museums to display their collections. While some museums started as a room in a private home, individual founders invested vast amounts of time, effort and money, and there are now museums in cities and villages throughout the Gulf countries.

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Trends and methods of fieldwork when studying folk material culture
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The study of material culture is the study of manual production, which includes handicrafts such as turning, tanning, blacksmithing, goldsmithing, silver manufacturing, cosmetics, textiles, fashion, farming, hunting, grazing and architecture. All crafts should be studied within the context of the environmental, (i.e. social, economic, political and historical), factors that control the production and use of the tools.

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The biography of the Banu Hilal
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The biography of the Banu Hilal is a folk biography that has been narrated for many years; it has been part of the collective conscience for generations. The biography is part of the Arab collective memory; when people face a crisis, they still refer to this tale of heroism.

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Fiction in folktales
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The study of folktales, particularly humorous tales, raises several questions. What elements contribute to the tale’s creation? What is the tale’s origin? How does one build the plot of a folktale? What are the purposes of the tale and its narration? And how do the tales become fiction?
Folktales are orally narrated stories that are passed down through the generations and from place to place.

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Folk literature characteristics of “Bilawhar wa Budasf”
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Using a folk literary perspective, this study revisits Arabic literary texts from different ages. The writer believes that these writings were influenced by the prevailing cultures of the authors’ times.
There have never been clear boundaries between formal and folk literature, and they share some characteristics.

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Bey Salih, a phenomenal character
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A phenomenal character, Bey Salih has had an impact on history, politics, anthropology, literature, music, theatre and other arts.
This character lives on in people’s minds and hearts; since Bey Salih’s death, the women of eastern Algeria have worn black Abayas as a sign of mourning.

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Folk medicine in Al-Hasa
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This research focuses on the health and medical practices in Al-Hasa region and the Arabian Peninsula 80 years ago.

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The art of Malouf in Testour: Unwritten musical heritage
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Many scholars and researchers are keen to explore the richness of Tunisia’s musical heritage and to discover its origin and characteristics.
This study focuses on Malouf, Testour’s Andalusian heritage music. It is distinct because singers are accompanied by musicians playing percussion instruments, as is the case with Sufi songs.

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Moroccan identity as reflected in folk songs and dances
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Identity includes all the features that distinguish one group from another. These features - which are mutable and specific to a particular time and place - include land, language, history, civilisation, culture, customs and traditions.

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Traditional markets in the UAE
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Markets are among the most important facilities in states and cities. They serve as places for shoppers to meet and have fun while they visit stores and cafes.
In the UAE, markets have been through several phases, taking different forms and locations. The goods and services have been adapted to meet the needs of people who come from different communities and countries.

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