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Arab ethnography, or what has come to be called travel stories, has surveyed African political structures such as empires, states, political regimes and the history and transformation of political conflicts and their consequent power shifts.
Arabs for instance do not deny the importance of their contacts with the old Greek culture and the eminent role which translation played in the genesis of a culture that is in part the result of these contacts.
Arab culture and African thinking have been influenced, in the different phases of their historical interaction, by the two tendencies of panafricanism and national emancipation, which due to their various characteristics sometimes converged and diverged.
www.ipoaa.com /arab_culture_african_culture.htm   (7262 words)

 Arab - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Arabs of the Arabian Peninsula believe that they are the descendants of Shem son of Noah based on the writings of the Qur'an, Torah and the Bible.
Arab Muslims are Sunni, Shiite, Ibadhite, Alawite, Ismaili or Druze.
During the 8th and 9th centuries, the Arabs (specifically the Umayyads, and later Abbasids) forged an empire whose borders touched southern France in the west, China in the east, Asia Minor in the north, and the Sudan in the south.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Arab_culture   (2766 words)

 Arab Civilization (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.isi.jhu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The Arab homeland stretches some 5,000 miles— nearly twice the distance between New York and San Francisco—from the Atlantic coast of northern Africa in the west to the Arabian Sea in the east, and from the Mediterranean Sea in the north to Central Africa in the south.
The primary objective of the Arab League, as it is commonly called, is to facilitate maximum integration among the Arab countries through coordination of their activities in the political sphere as well as in the fields of economics, social services, education, communications, development, technology and industrialization.
Arab influences in European literature began to appear in the poetry of the early Spanish and Provençal troubadours, and, in the thirteenth century, in the French fabliaux and contes.
www.alhewar.org.cob-web.org:8888 /ArabCivilization.htm   (13493 words)

 Arab Culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Arab or Egyptian cuisine is known for flavor and its use of fresh ingredients.
The staple in every Arabs’ diet is a bread called Aish, which is a darker form of the Pita bread in the Greek culture.
At an Arab meal it is expected to have a soup, meat, vegetable stew, bread, salad, and rice or pasta.
www.mnsu.edu /emuseum/cultural/oldworld/middle_east/arabculture.html   (492 words)

 Arab History
This phase of Arab history began after the fall of the last civilization of our kinsmen, the Babylonians, the Assyrians, the Chaldians, the Phoenicians and Cananites, to whom we are indebted and stand as representatives, and we connect this to Christianity and the rise of the two Christian Arab Kingdoms, the Ghassanids and Montherits.
The Arab people were intoxicated and their land was flatly opened to the many savage conquerors who humiliated the Arab personality and destroyed Arab civilization, for they were non-Arabs and used the governing system to suit their interests and that was all they worked for.
Culturally, the second phase remained the basic ground for Arab learning throughout the centuries, for it was rich in all human endeavors and fields of study and appealing to Arab mind and spirit.
www.arab-american-affairs.net /archives/arab-history.htm   (1588 words)

 Detroit - Arab Capital of North America
Living in southern Saskatchewan, where the only Arab foods were the dishes our mothers cooked and the only entertainment was the odd times some Arab friends would sing ballads recalled from their childhood, it was to me, the city of a Thousand and One Nights.
The Arab population of the city, according to Warren David, a third-generation Arab American who is a board member of the Arab American Arts Council, is some 200,000, consisting of four large groups: Syrian and Lebanese — 100,000; Iraqi-Chaldean — 60,000; Palestinian and Jordanian — 25,000; Yemeni — 10,000; and 5,000 from other Arab countries.
A number of the city’s judges and county prosecutors are of Arab origin, and lately, Arabs played a major role in the election of Spencer Abraham, the first Arab senator to be elected in the state of Michigan.
www.aljadid.com /features/Detroit-ArabCapitalofNorthAmerica.html   (1773 words)

 Crossroads Arabia » Arab Culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Certain Arab or Persian authors, for instance, are known as "blasphemers" or "philanderers"; assessments of their thinking are wrapped tightly in assumptions and their writings are tagged for easy consumption.
But his point is accurate: Arab and Islamic societies need to come to a common understanding of their values before they can try to "sell" them in the West, or even at home.
In spite of being surrounded by a sea of Arab neighbors, they didn’t complain about how they were unfavorably disposed but instead turned the situation around making sure that everyone in the region danced to their tune.
xrdarabia.org /blog/archives/category/arab-culture   (5822 words)

 Arab-American Culture and Health Care
Arab countries are diverse with respect to religious beliefs.
The exact number of Arab Americans is not known, because often they are reluctant to identify themselves as being of Arabic descent out of a general fear of authority or out of concern about possible negative social reactions (1).
By the 1950s, the Arab world was breaking free of European colonial rule and experiencing a surge of Arab consciousness, thus immigrants in the second wave were able to retain more of an Arab identity once they arrived in the United States (1) (5).
www.case.edu /med/epidbio/mphp439/Arab-Americans.htm   (2796 words)

 Islamset - The Sources of Arab Culture, its components and characteristics
The Arab-Islamic culture has two main characteristics: constancy with regard to the conclusive sources and all the beliefs, legislations, values and programs which these sources brought along with them, and change with regard to the Moslems' judgements and their innovations, which can be right or wrong, hence the difference in opinion.
The Arab- Islamic culture is not an abstract culture, for it is not enough for us to examine in it the origin of things or their true state of affairs; nor do we carry out abstract research in it, because culture is an integral part of the human.
If the spirit of the Arab culture is Islamic and its message divine, it has nonetheless, embraced all nations and peoples that have flocked under the banner of the Arab-Islamic Umma, and encompassed all the cultures with which it coexisted.
www.islamset.com /islam/culture/sources_of.html   (1371 words)

 IslamOnline - Art & Entertainment Section   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
This dream was further necessitated by the events of 9/11 and the stigmatization of the Arab culture and Muslim civilization as violent and supportive of terrorism.
Ever since the Arab culture was announced as the guest of honor, the APA has been working hard to prepare for the fair.
All Arab publishers were asked to present abstracts and comprehensive presentations on all their publications and to introduce the writers and thinkers whose work they publish, as there is an extensive program of talks and lectures by Arab thinkers and literary figures.
www.islamonline.net /English/ArtCulture/2004/10/article01.shtml   (1503 words)

 Reason Magazine - Look Who's Rocking the Casbah
After all, eroticism, even blatant eroticism, is not new in contemporary Arab culture; it is a well-known element of the region's feminist fiction and is used by such authors as Hanan Al-Shaykh and Nawal Saawadi.
Because the foundation of cultural modernity is the freedom to achieve a self-fashioned and fluid identity, the freedom to imagine yourself on your own terms, and the videos offer a route to that process.
Cultural history is replete with examples of this process, despite critics' traditional focus on aesthetic achievement.
www.reason.com /news/show/28802.html   (2850 words)

 American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee: Lesson Plan: Arab Culture and Society
The Arab world is culturally rich, complex and diverse: It includes 22 countries; it is the cradle of the three monotheistic world religions, each of which is itself diverse; political loyalties and worldviews of every sort; as well as differences of locality, region, kinship and social class.
At their height the Arab and Muslim empires were central parts of a vast civilization which united territories stretching from the Atlantic coast of Spain and Morocco across the Levant far into central and south Asia.
Their culture was the product of these diverse peoples, who mutually influenced one another through the ages.
www.adc.org /index.php?id=1172   (2542 words)

Where we talk of the Arab world, we sometimes seem to believe that Arab culture is a monolith.
Arab culture is undergoing a change because the citizens are slowly realizing the shortcomings of their own governments.
His article from yesterday shows that he continues to be a voice of intelligent dissent in the Arab media--and a voice that, if not always supportive of America, is supportive of those kinds of reforms that will benefit not only Arab nations, but the world as a whole.
www.resurrectionsong.com /archives/002111.html   (1135 words)

 Arab Speakers See Threat to Culture by Globalization - Global Policy Forum - Globalization
Dr Jassim Asfour, General Secretary of the Cultural Council, Egypt, was speaking at the 'Arab Culture in Globalisation Era' symposium at the Juma Al Majid Centre for Culture and Heritage.
It was jointly held with the American University in Sharjah (AUS) and the Cultural Office of the Egyptian Embassy in the UAE.
For example, the Cultural Council in Egypt started translating many American books that call for globalisation such as Lexus Car Versus the Olive Tree, written by Thomas Freidman, Cocalisation, a name derived from the famous soft drink, Coca-Cola, and Mack Versus Jihad, derived from the famous burger chain, McDonald's.
www.globalpolicy.org /globaliz/cultural/2002/0321arab.htm   (662 words)

 Islamset - The impact of the Arab Culture on European Renaissance
Arab and Moslem scholars translated Greek heritage and other kinds of scientific heritage which had preceded them in history into the Arabic language which was the language of science and culture.
Arab and Muslim scholars invented the numerical system; the figure Zero; the decimal system; the theory of evolution-one hundred years before Darwin; pulmonary circulation -three centuries before Harvey.
The translation movement from the Arab- Islamic culture, which helped Europe pullout of the dark Middle Ages into the modern enlightened age, was not confined to the translation of ancient knowledge only -Greek, Indian, Babylonian.
www.islamset.com /islam/culture/impact_of.html   (870 words)

 BOOKSTORE: Arab Culture and History
A look at Arab culture by Halim Barakat, a professor of sociology at Georgetown University who is an expatriate Syrian.
Barakat's vision is that of the nahda, or Arab "renaissance": "How is it possible to achieve unity, democracy, secularism, and social justice in a society burdened with fragmentation, authoritarianism, traditionalism, religious fundamentalism, patriarchy, erosion of a sense of shared civil society, pyramidal social class structure, and dependency?"
A chronicle of the rich spiritual, political, and cultural institutions of the Arab civilization discusses its thirteen centuries of war, peace, literature, and religion.
radicalacademy.com /bkarabculture.htm   (352 words)

 Culture and Development - knowledge, collaboration, information, partnerships   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
“ The turn of the century saw the emergence of a new cause in international cultural politics, the combat for ‘cultural diversity’, a revamped articulation of the ‘cultural exception’ movement that sought to exempt cultural goods and services from international free trade rules.
Formerly: Director, Cultural Policies for Development, UNESCO; Director, International Fund for the Promotion of Culture; Executive Secretary of the World Commission on Culture and Development; Executive Director, Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and MIT; Editor-in-Chief, Museum magazine.
Preserving Cultural Diversity is As Important Preserving Bio-Diversity.
topics.developmentgateway.org /culture   (1115 words)

 Arab Culture
Since I am often asked for resources on Arab culture and people as well as books written by Arabs or Arab-Americans, I am choosing to write this months article on this subject.
With the vast amount of books now available written by or about Arabs (or the Arab culture), there are...
When I lived in the Middle East, the sooq (the arabic word for marketplace) was a haven of treasures for me. The older looking the sooq was, the more intriguing it was to me. Of course there were the shiny, brand new modern shopping malls with department stores and modern goods...
www.suite101.com /welcome.cfm/arab_culture_and_identity#top5   (567 words)

 Al Jadid Magazine (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.isi.jhu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
This fictionalized account of Arab poet, lyricist, (and narrator) Ahmad Rami’s tumultuous career with and intense love for famous Egyptian singer Um Kulthum displays a dynamic relationship in the midst of professional, musical, and emotional upheaval.
On December 4, 2005 Egypt and the Arab world lost one of their greatest cultural figures: Alfred Farag.
Al Jazeera Revolutionizes Arab Media by Carole Corm Tawfic Hakem’s documentary, "Al Jazeera: The Voice of Arabia," in Arabic and French with English subtitles, produced with European funding, is a brilliant documentary on Al Jazeera, the most famous Arab news channel.
www.aljadid.com.cob-web.org:8888   (3621 words)

 Arabic Food and Arab Hospitality
For Arabs, hospitality lies at the heart of who they are.
How well one treats his guests is a direct measurement of what kind of a person she or he is. Hospitality is among the most highly admired of virtues.
In fact, most Arab hosts feel that they are failing in their role as host if their guests have not only tried all courses of the meal, but have also eaten more than is normally comfortable.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/arab_culture_and_identity/23446   (582 words)

 Amazon.com: Culture Shock!: A Guide to Customs and Etiquette: United Arab Emirates (Culture Shock - Guides): Books: ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
In my opinion the UAE is a unique place in the world, and not only looks to the future on a grand scale but has the funding and vision to make it happen.
I agree that one should be sensitive to cultural differences, but not to the degree of that the author indicates.
The Emirates are a bit unusual in that they are a conglomeration of many cultures with a distinct minority as the dominant one.
www.amazon.com /Culture-Shock-Customs-Etiquette-Emirates/dp/1558683003   (1192 words)

 U.S. Forces Train In Arab Culture
Their customs and culture are totally different," says Staff Sgt. Ricky Baker, 42, of the 3664th, an Army National Guard unit from Point Pleasant, W.Va.
Instead, a soldier should extend his or her arm, palm up, with the thumb pressed to the bunched fingers.
Retired major general William Nash, a commander in the Persian Gulf War in 1991 and then in Bosnia, says showing respect for the Iraqi people is crucial.
www.military.com /NewsContent/0,13319,FL_arab_021804,00.html   (769 words)

 Arabian Business and Cultural Guide - Doing Business with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen
Total population of the Arab countries is around 242 million people.
Egypt has a population of 59 million and it is estimated it will reach 64 million people in the next 6 years.
The annual food market volume for all members of the Gulf Cooperation council (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, and Bahrain) is $8 billion; Saudi Arabia's share is 60% of this amount.
www.traderscity.com /abcg/culture.htm   (572 words)

 Peace in the Middle East: Cannabis Culture Sponsors Arab-Israeli Summit
Although Cannabis Culture has pledged a sponsorship to see this summit through, it's an amount that CC definitely doesn't have laying around - but we feel this conference too important to not support.
In regards to your question, we are in communication with an Arab feminist activist, an Arab journalist for the prominent Israel newspaper, Haaretz, as well as an Israeli-Arab parliament member who have all expressed interest in taking part in this exciting project.
We deeply appreciate this contribution and we will be happy to recognize Cannabis Culture Magazine as our primary sponsor during the event and on all event publications.
www.cannabisculture.com /articles/4792.html   (508 words)

 Secrecy News
It begins with "Where is the Arab World?" and "What is an Arab?" and proceeds onward to brief and elementary discussions of Arabic language, culture, and politics.
Viewing the Arab world in this way, Army intelligence also puts itself on display in the questions it poses and the answers it offers, but it does so with some self-awareness and with nothing more offensive than an occasional cliche.
See "Arab Cultural Awareness: 58 Factsheets," DCSINT Handbook No. 2, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, US Army Training and Doctrine Command, January 2006.
www.fas.org /blog/secrecy/2006/03/army_intelligence_on_arab_cult.html   (264 words)

 Arab Culture and Language Resources   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Adunis, 1930- An introduction to Arab poetics / Adonis ; translated from the Arabic by Catherine Cobham.
Arab Detroit : from margin to mainstream / edited by Nabeel Abraham and Andrew Shryock.
The Arab writer in English : Arab themes in a metropolitan language, 1908-1958 / Geoffrey Nash ; foreword by Miles L. Bradbury.
www.lib.umich.edu /area/Near.East/ArabCultureLang.html   (6411 words)

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