Folklore and Folklife in the United Arab Emirates

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Social Science - 192 pages
Annotation The affluent oil-producing modern state which emerged in 1971 as the United Arab Emirates is deeply rooted in its cultural heritage. Present generations find themselves at a crossroads between tradition and modernisation. Aware of this, political leaders have paid considerable attention to folklore and cultural heritage and attempted to provide folklore with social and political relevance in modern society.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
2
Historical Background
10
Sociopolitical Profile
23
The State of Folklore Studies and Research
30
Domains and Genres
37
Folklore in Public Life
44
Folklore and Folklife in the Mass Media
50
Folklore and the State
56
Folk Poetry
80
Marriage
94
Folk Medicine in Traditional UAE Society
107
Performing Folk Arts
126
Popular Folk Games
141
Urbanization and Material Culture in the UAE
156
Notes
170
Index
189

The Role of Folklore in Enhancing Traditional Leadership
60

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