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Arts: Folk Dancers and Folk Singers: Gulf and Saudi Arabia
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In Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries women have traditionally been musically active in a variety of events, such as birth celebrations, harvest festivities, the return of men from the sea, healing rituals, and special occasions associated with the Islamic year. Today's musical activities are most commonly associated with wedding and engagement parties where all-female guests are often entertained by an all-female music ensemble. An average woman will attend dozens of such parties a year, and d…

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Urkevich, Lisa, “Arts: Folk Dancers and Folk Singers: Gulf and Saudi Arabia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0291e>
First published online: 2009

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