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Syria is a moderately large country that includes many different religious and ethnic groups. You will hear of Arabs, Assyrians, Kurds, Armenians, Circassians, and Turkmen who differ in cultural traditions. As a result, writing about the subject of traditional Syrian clothing can prove to be challenging. There is more than one Syrian way to dress. It ranges from city to city and from region to...

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Caution: Do not eat this article while hungry! Otherwise, read it to find out all about mansaf - the national dish of Jordan!

If you ever have a chance to visit the Kingdom of Jordan, more than likely someone will invite you… wait. Let me rephrase that. If you don’t do anything else in this life, go to Jordan and eat mansaf. Put it on your bucket list, on your wish list, on your calendar – whatever you have to do! Just go to Jordan and eat mansaf! Look, you don’t have to...

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Arab Culture: How Arabian Rugs Have Been Tying Rooms Together for Centuries

Arabian rugs seem to have had a special, sentimental place in homes all over the world for hundreds of years. In fact, it was the whole plot summary behind the 1998 Coen Brothers cult film, “The Big Lebowski”, where the story’s protagonist, Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined (and later stolen) Arabian rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it...

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arabic coffee

If you travel to the Middle East and you’re not a coffee drinker, you will be soon enough. Coffee in Arabic speaking countries is as much part of everyday culture as it is a culinary tradition. Get over your ideas of your coffee maker because in the Middle East it’s prepared quite differently. Generally, “Arabic” coffee means coffee that is prepared the Turkish way and there...

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henna night

A great way to immerse yourself in Arab culture is by learning the language.  This is the time of the year when most people are talking about the holidays. Also, some cultures see December as a lucky month to be a bride. Thus, today’s subject is going to be on the Egyptian tradition of Henna Night (ليلة الحنة / leelit ilhenna). So what does the Henna...

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Parting Ways in Arab Culture

One interesting aspect related to saying “goodbye” in the Arab world is that saying goodbye can take a very long time! For example, I was on a phone call with an Iraqi student of mine one day and the end of the conversation went something like this:Me: “Okay, taalibee (my student), I will talk to you later.” Student: “Okay, ustaazee (my teacher).  Hello. Hello. Goodbye....

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