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Islamic heritage: Denotations of ornamentations in hand-knotted carpets
From the 1950s to the 1970s, there was a steady flow of Western studies on hand-knotted carpets, whi...

Woman and her portrayal in folk proverbs in Tunisia: An anthropological reading
This article attempts to study the presence of the Tunisian woman and the way she is portrayed in fo...

A call for a common Arab educational system for intangible heritage
Using the criteria set forth in 2003 in the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cul...
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A Word from the Editor   Despite the past, we still have hope
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The first Congress of Arab Music was held in Cairo in 1932. Since then, there have been tireless efforts to define concepts and terminology and to make plans, but not one Arab project (either private or public sector) has managed to collect all the materials related to cultural heritage for a region, country, city or village.

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Historical tracing and authentication: The example of Hassan Najmi’s book Al-Ayta Song
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There are several issues that make it complex to research the singing of Ayta. Al-Ayta is oral poetry characterised by a number of imperfections. This makes it difficult to decide on its history and originality, especially as previous studies of this poetic song appeared late (Idris Ben Ali, 1935) and were quite limited in comparison to other studies.

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Deterioration and efforts to rebuild the architectural heritage of the Moroccan oases: The example of the Tafilalt oases
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The Tafilalt oases have an important architectural heritage that reflects the region’s established culture, authentic history and local identity. This rich heritage also reflects the experience, skills and solidarity of the people of the oases. This material heritage takes the form of structures, fortresses and the ruins of the archaeological site of the historical city of Sijilmasa.

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Folk cultures and the new socio-anthropological paradigm: An epistemological approach
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There is no doubt that the study of folk cultures from a socio-anthropological perspective has many epistemological imperatives. This is due to the elusiveness of the concept and the intersection of a group of fields of knowledge when approaching such a subject. Also, folk cultures do not reveal themselves transparently; they take twisted and hidden forms, and are sometimes vague and incomprehensible.

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Sanaani  (Yemeni) Lute
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The four-stringed Sanaani lute was used in Yemen until after the second half of the 14th century AH (20 AD). With a pickguard lined with thin leather, this lute is still the most commonly used instrument in Yemen. It has retained its historical importance although it did not retain its old name, ‘Mizhar’. Recently, it has been replaced by the modern five-stringed lute, which has a wooden surface.

 

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Woman and her portrayal in folk proverbs in Tunisia: An anthropological reading
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This article attempts to study the presence of the Tunisian woman and the way she is portrayed in folk proverbs created by different social classes and groups. The researcher based his study on a reference of over 250 examples collected from various groups and produced in different time periods and in both urban and rural locations.

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Islamic heritage: Denotations of ornamentations in hand-knotted carpets
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From the 1950s to the 1970s, there was a steady flow of Western studies on hand-knotted carpets, which led to great works that shed light on this form of heritage and its importance. Hand-knotted carpets have been used for thousands of years for a variety of purposes. People used them as bedding, to hold grain, and as blankets.

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A call for a common Arab educational system for intangible heritage
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Using the criteria set forth in 2003 in the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which was adopted by most Arab countries, this paper discusses the possibility of establishing a joint Arab educational system for intangible cultural heritage by restructuring education and cultural programmes and incorporating some elements of intangible cultural heritage to create a collective memory at the national and regional levels.

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The image, status and dominance of women in society and under religious authorities
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In the midst of progress in studies about cultural criticism, attention has been paid to women's issues and to women who suffer from marginalisation, exclusion and being dominated in society. However,

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Folk beliefs and the ways in which they are manifested
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Throughout the world, ever since man learned about nature, it has haunted his feelings and senses, and the Arab man is no exception. People’s feelings about nature played a great role in stimulating their imaginations, and they led man to try to explain different phenomena in order to protect himself from harmful creatures and things, and to adapt and interact with them.

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