last prayer beads craftsman in Tunisia struggles to preserve his craft

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Over centuries, the industry of prayer beads flourished in the Maghreb countries, during the presence of Sufis, and the spread of shrines of the righteous people, whose followers used to use it.

Now, the conditions have changed, and the prayer beads are manufactured in factories, while the demand for them has decreased.

However, Habib Al-Jawabi, who is approaching his 80s, is still fighting to preserve his craft, which is almost disappearing, so he taught it to his son, and now his workshop is the last place for the prayer beads industry in Tunisia.

 

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