Middle Eastern cultures and traditions are not quite the same as the culture and traditions and etiquette you’re likely used to. That means if you plan on visiting an Arab country, like for example, Lebanon, understanding Arabic customs and etiquette will make your visit more enjoyable. If you plan on studying abroad in Egypt or doing business in Morocco, here’re some Arab culture facts to know:
One thing you’ll notice about Arab culture is that Islam is deeply interwoven within it. However, while Islam is the main religion of the Middle East, Arabs do treat other religions with respect. Muslims believe that God (Allah) has already planned their lives out before they were born. As a result, man can do little but accept his fate, making one’s religion vital to the life of each Arab. For this reason, there is no separation of church and state. For instance, even public schools teach religion to children. Likewise, Islamic Law (Shariah) is equal to every other type of law.
Muslims consider every mosque as holy and you must follow certain rules when visiting one. For example, you should never walk in from of someone who is praying. Taking pictures or video of people in the mosque is also verboten. Likewise, men wearing shorts and women wearing sleeveless or short-sleeved dresses cannot enter a mosque.
Next to religion, family plays a vital role in Arab culture. Loyalty and duty to kin comes before any loyalty to friends, work and even the needs one’s self.
In Arab culture, marriage is the foundation on which the family is built and Arabs think of their children as prized treasures. Likewise, fathers, mothers and sisters and brothers all have their distinct roles within both family and society.
Indeed, an Arab’s honor and self-respect is a result of their family. This is due to the family being a tight knit unit that builds a person’s individual character and achievements.
As you can see, when you visit an Arab country, knowing the customs, traditions, and language can help a lot when it comes to having a great experience. We’ve shown you the customs and traditions, so why not let us show you how easy it is to learn Arabic? Whether you’re visiting Egypt or Palestine, you can learn the right Arabic the right way with the Kaleela Arabic learning app. Download it today and start speaking Arabic tomorrow. It’s that easy! Visit Kaleela for more info.
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