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Cultural and Social Dimensions of Traditional Children’s Games
Play is one of the most important pillars of socialisation for children. It helps with the acquisiti...

Aita and the Collective Memory: The example of the Malali Aita
Aita, which means a call, cry or lament in Arabic, is the word used to describe a type of Bedouin mu...

Cultural Discourse and Society: An Anthropological Linguistic Introduction
In this study, I attempt to identify some important foundations that link cultural discourse and soc...
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A Word from the Editor: Remembering Lessons and Facts
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Recently, we were contacted by a wise Arab academic who was appointed to a new official body in order to collect folklore in his country. He asked us where and how he should start, and whether there are any helpful manuals and books. He asked us to suggest experts to assist him. He wants to make specialists in the folklore sciences responsible for implementation while he devotes himself to administration. 

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Aita and the Collective Memory: The example of the Malali Aita
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Aita, which means a call, cry or lament in Arabic, is the word used to describe a type of Bedouin music that originates in the Moroccan countryside. Aita singing is one of the means by which tribes express their needs, so you will hear them celebrating their joys, expressing their feelings, praising or satirising. This type of Moroccan folk singing is one of the oldest forms of expression that reflects a culture’s experiences, perceptions, and interpretations of phenomena. Aita is different from other folklore traditions because it blends vernacular poetic texts and local musical melodies.

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Assassin’s Creed, Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted: Highlights of the Assassin’s Creed Game
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The Assassin’s Creed game is inspired by ‘Alamut’, a historical novel by Slovene writer Vladimir Bartol. The game, which takes place in different eras, follows the conflict between the Arab assassins and the European Knights Templar, two underground societies formed during the Crusades in the Middle Ages. 

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Cultural Discourse and Society: An Anthropological Linguistic Introduction
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In this study, I attempt to identify some important foundations that link cultural discourse and society throughout the ages through the various anthropological concepts of cultural patterns that have shaped the intellectual structures of different societies. The socio-cultural interaction is essentially an intellectual interaction with philosophical premises and legendary tributaries tied to folk stories..

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Fertility: Beliefs and Rituals in Algerian Folklore
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This article deals with one aspect of folklore – the family’s folk beliefs – through an organised and integrated social system that performs many functions within the framework of the society’s culture. Such systems also help to reconcile old and current beliefs and to transmit beliefs and thoughts across generations as they help to satisfy psychological and social needs, especially those associated with the unseen aspects of the human psyche. 

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The Lute and Its Development
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In this paper, I focus on the lute and its importance to Oriental music. I also talk about the different stages of the lute’s development and manufacturing, and the various methods of making lutes. I also discuss the components and parts of these magnificent instruments, their different shapes, and the use of traditional lutes and modern lutes with six strings.

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Qarin (the Spiritual Twin) in Tunisian Folktales and Proverbs
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We chose to focus on the portrayal of the Qarin (spiritual twin) in Tunisian folktales and proverbs by reviewing the body of oral heritage to examine the evolution of the Tunisian family’s perception of the Qarin.

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Rites of Passage and Morocco’s Zayan Tribes
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Rituals are inherited ways of performing religious and social ceremonies at events such as births, aqīqah (the Islamic tradition of sacrificing an animal on the occasion of a child's birth), circumcisions, weddings and deaths, or what are known as rites of passage. Socialisation plays a crucial role in preserving rituals in accordance with customs as part of identity; sometimes these rites turn into beliefs. 

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Cultural and Social Dimensions of Traditional Children’s Games
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Play is one of the most important pillars of socialisation for children. It helps with the acquisition of social and cultural experience based on the rules of participation and role-playing. Play, which teaches the principles of participation, commitment and cooperation, has communicative values that qualify the child for future participation in the community.

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The Tent of ‘Sidi Nail’s’ Sons: A Space for Preserving Cultural Heritage and Practicing Customs and Traditions
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This paper aims to study the cultural heritage of handicrafts that contribute to our identity and that reflect that which our ancestors retained and passed down through the generations.

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