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Majlis. ©UNESCO 2015
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Majlis (sitting places) are community spaces where people discuss local issues, settle disputes, exchange news and be entertained, playing an important role in the transmission of oral heritage. The areas are usually large, comfortable and equipped with beverage-making facilities. Elders with extensive local knowledge are the main practice bearers, while judges and religious sheikhs adjudicate on disputes. Women have their own Majlis, although prominent figures may attend others more academic. Practice transmission occurs when children attend with older community members.

on this subject: Nomination file / Dossier de candidature

Place/Country: United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar
Series: 2015 inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
Author/Personalities: Rajah Balakrishna, director. Barbara Hayward, participant.
Production: Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, co-producer ; Saudi Arabia. Ministry of Culture and Information, co-producer ; Oman.Ministry of Heritage and Culture, co-producer ; Qatar.Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, co-producer.
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Rights/Droits: Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority; Saudi Arabia. Ministry of Culture and Information; Oman.Ministry of Heritage and Culture; Qatar.Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage

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