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MI201 Lecture 10: Leisure and Food Part 2
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Fall 2017

Department
Mediterranean Studies
Course Code
MI201
Professor
Abderrahman Beggar
Lecture
10

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MI201
Monday October 30th 2017
Leisure and Food Part 2
The Halqa
It’s a circle
o Interconnection, place of conversation
o Symbolic fluidity of water, womb, warmth, compassion
o Everyone is in charge, equal
o Against hierarchy
Heart of socialization, gathering, eating and sharing stories together
Survival of Zejal and Romance (cycles of stories about heroes who grew up over the
centuries)
o Antar Ibn Shaddad
Father was the wealthiest person and powerful person in the Arabian
Peninsula and married an African slave
He is a mix of slavery and nobleness
Suffers from segregation
Wants to prove himself by merit be the strongest
Fell in love with a pure noble
o Iskandar (Alexander the Great)
o Baybar, the victor over the Mongols and founder of the Mamluk dynasty in Egypt
Hero
o The Banou Hillal
Nomadic tribe that came to North Africa
Variation of Themes
Adventure or travel
Supernatural forces, spirits swords with magical properties, dream-cities
Mixture of poetry, rhymed prose and ordinary prose
Often accompanied by music
3 Cafes
More for men
Popularity, place, drinks (Tea, legbi, coffee)
o Legbi fermented juice from Lebanon
In the summer, cafes areo pen late at night
Politic, soccer, religion, business
Any space is aimed at socialization
Shisha: Tunisia
o Origin: Persia
o Brought by the Ottomans
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MI201 Monday October 30 2017 Leisure and Food Part 2 The Halqa Its a circle o Interconnection, place of conversation o Symbolic fluidity of water, womb, warmth, compassion o Everyone is in charge, equal o Against hierarchy Heart of socialization, gathering, eating and sharing stories together Survival of Zejal and Romance (cycles of stories about heroes who grew up over the centuries) o Antar Ibn Shaddad Father was the wealthiest person and powerful person in the Arabian Peninsula and married an African slave He is a mix of slavery and nobleness Suffers from segregation Wants to prove himself by merit be the strongest Fell in love with a pure noble o Iskandar (Alexander the Great) o Baybar, the victor over the Mongols and founder of the Mamluk dynasty in Egypt Hero o The Banou Hillal Nomadic tribe that came to North Africa Variation of Themes Adventure or travel Supernatural forces, spirits swords with magical properties, dream-cities Mixture of poetry, rhymed prose and ordinary prose Often accompanied by music 3 Cafes More for men Popularity, place, drinks (Tea, l
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