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‘Al Zajrah’ and traditional irrigation methods in Bahrain
For a very long time, the irrigation of agricultural lands has been accompanied by singing. A distin...

The Tuareg veil: An anthropological and sociological study
Clothing reflects the social, religious and moral rules that regulate the system of roles in a socie...

Rituals used to call for rain during droughts in Algeria: Examples from the beginning of the 20th Century
In Algeria, a call for rain is not referred to as Istisqa’ (the Arabic word for prayers for ra...
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When one notices ambition
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Years ago, we were looking for a Bahraini driver with a high school certificate. We received applications from six candidates. I interviewed them, and chose the candidate with the highest grades. I noticed his calmness, his morals and his remarkable presence. I remember asking him why he hadn’t continued his education; he replied that he was unable to finance his studies and that he needed to work. I respected him and his answer.

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‘Al Zajrah’ and traditional irrigation methods in Bahrain
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For a very long time, the irrigation of agricultural lands has been accompanied by singing. A distinctive style of poetry known as ‘Mawwal’ emerged in the second century AH in Wasit, Iraq. The inhabitants of the area, particularly the farmers, used to sing Mawwal to the palm trees while they irrigated the land. Over time, the style developed into its current form.

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The folklore of the Amohag tribes (the northern branch of the Tuareg people) and its role in heritage
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This study sheds light on the oral heritage of the Sahara Desert; we should educate people about this heritage by spreading information through cultural outlets and the media. Local and international organisations should help to elevate the status of this heritage, which belongs to humanity.

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Glimpses into the customs and traditions of the southern desert
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 Many countries around the world have become aware of the great importance of folk culture and of its essential role in economic development. Folk culture has become a core concern for these countries, and it has helped to revive their heritage. Many countries – including France, Spain, Italy, Turkey and Greece – use folk culture to improve their economies and boost tourism.

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The impact of folk literature: Methods, aspects and selected examples
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Outline: 1-The ultimate goal of folk literature is to offer an accurate depiction of social practices; it is more closely related to human nature than formal literature. It fulfils social needs, so it varies according to the time and place. The subject of folk literature is general and relevant to everyone in the nation.

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Rituals used to call for rain during droughts in Algeria: Examples from the beginning of the 20th Century
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In Algeria, a call for rain is not referred to as Istisqa’ (the Arabic word for prayers for rain), but as ‘Al Naw’. In Tlemcen, Algeria, it is called ‘Allatif’ to connote that people are asking God to send rain. The drought that threatens crops is referred to as ‘al-Wakfa’ and ‘al-Yabsa’; crops can be saved during Wakfa (the dry season) by appealing for rain, but Yabsa is a permanent drought when rain cannot revive the crops.

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The Tabbel Kerkennah band’s role in reviving traditional wedding ceremonies in the Kerkennah Islands
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 Anthropologists study man’s intellectual and cultural activities. In anthropology, folk music is studied in its social context as an intellectual product loaded with symbols and connotations that reflect a society’s customs and lifestyle. Folk music reveals people’s sentiments, emotions, preferences and desires, and it reflects the natural and social environments and the group’s cultural identity.

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The influence of Kuwait’s desert on the traditional craft of Sadu
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One of the most important traditional handicrafts in the desert region of Kuwait, Sadu weaving is associated with architecture and interior design. Traditional Bedouin tents are made from and furnished with Sadu textiles.

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The Tuareg veil: An anthropological and sociological study
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Clothing reflects the social, religious and moral rules that regulate the system of roles in a society. A nation’s clothing merits comprehensive study using multiple scholarly approaches.

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