The Folklore Issue

Letter from the editors: The Folklore Issue

Our editors tell you what you should expect.


The digital covers of the English and Arabic versions of the Folklore Issue feature artwork by Saudi artist Faisal Alkheriji.

Dear readers,

Ramadan Mubarak. The holy month of Ramadan is the annual time for Muslims around the world to reflect, and this year we have chosen to reflect on a significant dimension of our lives here in the Gulf region: our folklore.

In this issue of Sekka Magazine, we shed a light on elements from our rich and wide-encompassing Khaleeji folklore, including dances, music, folk stories and cultural beliefs that we have inherited generation upon generation, through a new lens. We ask where these stand in 2021, particularly for the new generation of Khaleejis, the youth. What does folklore mean to them today? How are they preserving and carrying it forward in a fast-changing and increasingly globalized world? What elements are they foregoing and why? As you read through the issue, you will meet a variety of creatives from the region who each answer these questions in their own ways and through different mediums, such as dance, art, photography and writing.

Manar and Sharifah Alhinai. Illustrations: Hatty Pedder.

Elsewhere in the issue, we also highlight and celebrate the diversity that exists in our cosmopolitan region, born out of historical connections with Persia, Balochistan and East Africa (amongst others) through a variety of stories that we have curated for you. Together, they touch upon but a drop in the sea of our rich culture, and which diving into is always more necessary.

We sincerely hope you enjoy reading this issue of Sekka.

Lots of love,

Manar and Sharifah Alhinai