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Archaeology Now presents Senan Shaibani Marsh Arabs Project

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Archaeology Now presents the Senan Shaibani Marsh Arabs Project, kicking off with grand opening of a traditional Mudhif constructed on the campus of Rice University.

The wide-ranging project is in conjunction with the Arab American Educational Foundation and Iraqi community groups, with support from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Nothing symbolizes the Arab Marsh culture more fully than the Mudhif.

For Marsh Arabs, this 5,000-year-old structure, the reed house, is more than just a public hall where tribes welcome guests, settle community affairs, hold religious ceremonies and exchange information. These large buildings, with their barrel-vaulted ceilings, are also a symbol of pride for these tribes. They are constructed entirely of reeds from the marshlands between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Iraq. The columns and components of a Mudhif built in Houston were shipped from Iraq on the USS San Antonio to Rice University where they are now being assembled into final form.

Visitors can learn about the ancient culture, tour the structure, enjoy light refreshments, and mingle with those who helped construct the Mudhif, preserving 5,000 years of history. The grand opening is the kick-off for a series of cultural events titled the Senan Shaibani Marsh Arabs Project scheduled during the fall, including music, food, films, poetry, family days and more. Three open houses for the Mudhif will also be held starting Sunday, September 17.

Archaeology Now presents the Senan Shaibani Marsh Arabs Project, kicking off with grand opening of a traditional Mudhif constructed on the campus of Rice University.

The wide-ranging project is in conjunction with the Arab American Educational Foundation and Iraqi community groups, with support from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Nothing symbolizes the Arab Marsh culture more fully than the Mudhif.

For Marsh Arabs, this 5,000-year-old structure, the reed house, is more than just a public hall where tribes welcome guests, settle community affairs, hold religious ceremonies and exchange information. These large buildings, with their barrel-vaulted ceilings, are also a symbol of pride for these tribes. They are constructed entirely of reeds from the marshlands between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Iraq. The columns and components of a Mudhif built in Houston were shipped from Iraq on the USS San Antonio to Rice University where they are now being assembled into final form.

Visitors can learn about the ancient culture, tour the structure, enjoy light refreshments, and mingle with those who helped construct the Mudhif, preserving 5,000 years of history. The grand opening is the kick-off for a series of cultural events titled the Senan Shaibani Marsh Arabs Project scheduled during the fall, including music, food, films, poetry, family days and more. Three open houses for the Mudhif will also be held starting Sunday, September 17.

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WHERE

Rice University
6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005, USA
https://www.archaeologynow.org/marsh-arab-project-events

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Admission is free.

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