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English translation: small, rural village

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Arabic term or phrase:douar
English translation:small, rural village
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12:16 Jul 27, 2001
Arabic to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary
Arabic term or phrase: douar
“We would go for long walks out by Parisian’s douar, behind the woods, riding bareback on the farm donkeys. Our legs beat a rapid/quick cadence on each side of the rounded bellies of our mounts.
apancake
United States
Local time: 22:45
small rural village
Explanation:
In Moroccan Arabic, a douar is a small rural village, i.e. a group of homes inhabited by one or two extended families. It may have a population of some 30-100 people. In Moroccan douars,family compounds are often separated by prickly pear (barbary fig) hedges.

While the douar is a rural, not an urban concept, in Rabat,for e.g., some shantytowns within the city limits that have sprung from and retained a quasi-rural identity have names like Douar Chellah, Douar Kora, etc.
Best Regards,
D. Guessous
French-English Translator
ATA Accredited
Rabat, Morocco

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DBG
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Summary of answers provided
4Circle, Roundabout, Ring
R Farhat
na +2The following answer, alas, may not be directly relevant to the Parisian setting:Fuad Yahya
na +1Pavilion
Alaa Zeineldine
nasmall rural villageDBG
na"Douar El-'Omdah"Mona Helal
naou terre
1964


  

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34 mins
ou terre


Explanation:
in a french dictionary ou terre were given for "douar" no other clue

1964
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53 mins
small rural village


Explanation:
In Moroccan Arabic, a douar is a small rural village, i.e. a group of homes inhabited by one or two extended families. It may have a population of some 30-100 people. In Moroccan douars,family compounds are often separated by prickly pear (barbary fig) hedges.

While the douar is a rural, not an urban concept, in Rabat,for e.g., some shantytowns within the city limits that have sprung from and retained a quasi-rural identity have names like Douar Chellah, Douar Kora, etc.
Best Regards,
D. Guessous
French-English Translator
ATA Accredited
Rabat, Morocco




    , fluency in Moroccan Arabic as a long-time resident of the capital.
DBG
United States
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1 hr peer agreement (net): +2
The following answer, alas, may not be directly relevant to the Parisian setting:


Explanation:
Douar is a North African term. Most references I have looked at trace the term back to Arabic, from the Arabic word Diyar, plural of dar, which has many meanings, all having to do with domicile (house, home, land, nation, etc.).

I am not very trusting when it comes to etymologies. The term, as used in North Africa mostly refers to Berber villages, so the term could possibly be of a Berber origin, not Arabic. In any case, Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary defines DOUAR as “a village composed of Arab tents arranged in streets.”

http://www.bootlegbooks.com/Reference/Webster/data/477.html


The following citation concurs:

http://www.travel-watch.com/morocco.htm

“As we continue our tour through this typical Berber village or "douar," life seems routine if not backward.”


Another text calls it a “fortified village”:

http://www.cs.northwestern.edu/~rob/dunya/9.4.2.0.html

“As evening approached, both men and animals clearly began to flag. Still they passed a fortified village, a douar as they called it in this region, pushing on.”


There is also a Moroccan village by the name of “Douar Arguersioul”:

http://members.aol.com/mat/articles/maghreb.htm

“The unthinkable became a reality. We were to spend an afternoon in a Berber village. A guest lecturer, an American who has spent much of his twenty years in Morocco among the Berbers, arranged for us to have lunch with a family in the village of Douar Arguersioul, and attend a traditional ceremony in Imlil.”


Pictures from the said village are posted here:

http://members.aol.com/mat/photo/douar.htm


The question, though, is what does the term mean in the Parisian context? I believe there is a road called Ty Douar near Paris, but for more definite information, perhaps you can post this under the French to English language pair.

Fuad



    See citations above.
Fuad Yahya
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic, Native in EnglishEnglish
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agree  DINA MOHAMED: really perfect!
6 days

agree  AhmedAMS
69 days
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1 hr peer agreement (net): +1
Pavilion


Explanation:
At least in Egyptian villages, a دوار pronounced "dawwar" is an outdour strucure, usually round with a canopy for shade. It is usually errected in the farming field, so the peasants take refuge in it during breaks, meals, and prayer. Sometimes, a notable person's dawwar becomes a favorite gathering place for the village elders to discuss their affairs or to chat.

I believe that "pavilion" is a resonable approximation for "dawwar", and it would fit nicely in you sentence above.

Hope this helps,

Alaa Zeineldine

Alaa Zeineldine
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agree  ALWALEED: It may also mean `roundabout`
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7 hrs
"Douar El-'Omdah"


Explanation:
The first thing that came to mind when I read the heading of this posting was "Douar El-'Omdah". This term is very familiar in the context of Egyptian villages, as it means "the house of the 'Omdah". 'Omdah being the village mayor or elderman.
Apancake, I don't know how that fits in the context of your sentence, but I thought I'd put it anyway.

Regards
Mona



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868 days   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
Circle, Roundabout, Ring


Explanation:
Circle junction where road splits into four directions, north, west, east and south.
The term "Douar" however is used in eastern Arabic dialects to refer to "Circle".

R Farhat
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