Arab Culture

Get ready to learn things you might not know about Arabs with these interesting facts about the people and their culture.

The 22 Arabic speaking countries of the Middle East and North Africa have a bountiful past that goes all the way back to the beginning of human civilization. The language they speak also has a rich history all its own that dates back centuries. Today, the region is home to over 315 million native Arabic speakers. Also, the language recently moved into the fourth position...

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Planning a visit to Morocco in the future? Let these tips in Moroccan etiquette help you have the best time ever while your there.

Many people have called Morocco home for hundreds of years and you’ll notice this in their local culture. Along with the native Berbers, the country has hosted a diversity of cultures. Some of these include Phoenicians, Arabs, Sub-Saharan Africans, Romans and Spaniards.  Most people who live there today, however, identify as Berber or Arab or a mix of the two. Modern Standard Arabic and the...

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A conservative lifestyle doesn’t prevent Saudi kids from having fun! See some traditional Arabic games still played in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian kids know how to have fun. They often still play traditional Arabic games that their parents and grandparents played before them. This is despite the fact that their country has somewhat of a conservative culture. Here are some of the most common ones: The Hunter This great outdoor game is a combination of hide and seek and freeze tag. A player is the hunter who...

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From its birth through modern times, the Islamic religion has inspired glorious works of art. Read this brief introduction to the world of Islamic Art.

Despite its name, Islamic art is not the art of a specific religion, time, place or of a single medium. What it is, however, is art that covers a period of some 1400 years – art that comes from many lands. It's an art that includes architecture, calligraphy, painting, glass, ceramics, and textiles, among others. So what does it consist of? Islamic art doesn’t include only religious...

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Give yourself the gift of language any time of year and learn how to say Happy Birthday in the top most languages in the world

Certainly, nearly every society around the world celebrates birthdays. But, just as every culture is unique, so are their birthday customs and traditions. Today we’re going to look at how to say to someone a happy birthday in the top most spoken languages. So, let’s get this party started, shall we? Happy Birthday in Chinese生日快乐 (Shēngrì Kuàilè)Happy Birthday in SpanishFeliz CumpleañosHappy Birthday in FrenchBon AnniversaireHappy Birthday in...

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We’d like to give them a shout-out, but we’re keeping it down to a whisper as we tour some of the best libraries you’ll find in the Arab world.

Okay before I start, I know some of you Millennials and Zoomers are going to be all like “Libraries? Aren’t those really old buildings where they used to keep books and ancient texts and stuff on papyrus or paper or something? My grandmother used to work in one, like a long time ago before the internet”. You’d be somewhat correct if you thought that. So, we...

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Islamic art has notable achievements in ceramics. Find out why this Islamic art has endured for years in this article on Middle Eastern ceramics.

The history of ceramics in Islamic art is unique like none of its contemporaries. The rest of the world was making unglazed pottery. Meanwhile, Islamic potters were developing a tin-opacified glazing. Some of these are on the blue-painted ware of Basra, Iraq, that dates as far back as 700 AD. Additionally, 9th century Iraqi Islamic potters also contributed to the creation of stonepaste ceramics. This is...

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Arabic culture rules: Mashallah, you have such a big, beautiful brain, smallah. This article on how to compliment Arabs should be easy for you

A lot of lecturers who specialize in improving your conversation skills or those who tout how you, too, can win over friends and influence people often give the same advice to those looking for those things: The best way to get a person to start talking or to win them over is by first complimenting that person. Arabic culture rules are no different, with the exception...

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What’s up, fam? Want to learn the names of the members of a family in Arabic? Both close and extended? Then read on, brothers and sisters!

As many of you know, family is one of the most important aspects of Arab culture, and in many Arabic-speaking countries, families maintain their loyalty to their tribal and clan connections. Perhaps this is best exemplified by the ages-old Arab adage: "I and my brothers against my cousins; I and my cousins against the stranger". Arabs know and speak proudly of both their genealogy and heritage. With...

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