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Volume :15 Issue : 60 1997      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

"Folklore and the Issue of Terminology" (in Arabic)

Auther : Hessa al-Rifai

This paper discusses a very important issue that scholars of folklore in the Arab World encounter. This is the problem of the ambiguity of the term Folklore in a number of studies that deal with folk creations.

This problem stems from the fact that most Arab researchers do not take into account the recent development of the concept of folklore according to the advancement of the new theories and studies which modern scientists have formulated, to comply with social, economic and cultural changes.

Therefore, the scholar must equip him/ herself with the tools and skills that would help him to elict the raw materials for his research. In addition, he should keep track of the constant refinement of terminology in his field of study in order to achieve a better understanding of the nature and characteristics of folklore material. Towards this end, the article Folklore and the issue of terminology is a comprehensive historical survey of the development of the compound term Folk - lore, from the beginning of folklore studies until now. This development necessarily, requires a continual up-dating of folklore theories and techniques of study in this vital domain of human knowledge, whether in the field of folklore or anthropology, both in Europe and America, with regard to the scientific concern of linking the term folklore with the nature of society in which folk creation thrives. Besides the scholars focus on folk tradition as an expressive channel of mankinds cultural and psychological needs, it is also a necessary means of discovering peoples worldview, which indicates a common feature of human society as a complex whole.

 

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