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Birush in the cultural heritage of northern Sudan
Birush, (mats made of palm fronds), provide a source of income in Sudan. Sudanese women enjoy both s...

“Arabian Nights” in the visual arts of the East and West
The artistic features and different styles in the tales of the Arabian Nights have long inspired art...

Marriage rituals and customs in tlemcen: A semio-anthropological study
With all its customs and rituals, marriage is a theatrical scene rich in signs and connotations that...
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A history of clothes washing in Bahrain: An analytical historical study
Issue 36

In Bahrain, the washing of clothes is an old profession that no longer exists. This profession – known as ‘Qassarin’ - was once practiced across the Arab world.
The Qassarin were a distinct labour class mentioned in ancient civilisations such as that of Mesopotamia, which had a significant influence on the Dilmun civilisation in Bahrain.

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