Looking for Qatari Folktales

By autumneve

Folktales are stories that haven't been written down, but are passed from one generation to another through word of mouth, within families, and by elders to children. Examples include the story of Fsaijrah and the magic fish, or stories about djinn.

These folktales transmit precious cultural knowledge, morals, values, and histories, but due to the rapid lifestyle changes in recent years, such stories are beginning to disappear. 

We are collecting these stories to publish in a book about the folktales of Qatar. In doing so, we aim to help preserve and share Qatar's rich heritage and storytelling traditions. The publication will include the original Arabic (in dialect) and a quality English translation, as all as the name of the storyteller. Credit will always be given as wished. 

This project is sponsored by the Qatar National Research Fund, and our team includes students and faculty from Qatar University and Cornell. 

 If you'd like to contribute a Qatari folktale, or have a friend or relative who might like to share theirs, please contact us at qatarifolktale/-a-t-/hotmail.com.

We're happy to answer questions or talk about our project in more detail. I hope you'll consider helping us, and please spread the word!

 

 

 


 

 

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By FathimaH• 9 years 8 months ago.
FathimaH

Will await the publication of your works and wish you all the very best. I love folk tales!

By Khanan• 9 years 8 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
Khanan

wishing you all the success.

I will be eagerly waiting for the book.

By autumneve• 9 years 8 months ago.
autumneve

Thanks TimTom! We're really excited about this project, and the stories we've been collecting are wonderful. They're a treasure for anyone who wants to better appreciate Qatar: nationals and foreigners alike. Hajmola, TimTom is right, but I'm still interested in hearing your story if you'd like to share it.  

By autumneve• 9 years 8 months ago.
autumneve

Thanks TimTom! We're really excited about this project, and the stories we've been collecting are wonderful. They're a treasure for anyone who wants to better appreciate Qatar: nationals and foreigners alike. Hajmola, TimTom is right, but I'm still interested in hearing your story if you'd like to share it.  

By TimTom• 9 years 8 months ago.
Rating: 3/5
TimTom

Hajmola...you need to "tell" your story to your children and they have to pass on the same to their children.....Your story will qualify for a folktale only if remains in circulation for your sixth generation ......I think your story will be published as folktale sometime after AD 2100!!!

By TimTom• 9 years 8 months ago.
TimTom

Best of Luck....I really hope you get some nice quality stuff!!

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