Arab Culture Tag

To understand a people and their culture, first understand their language. Start your understanding of Arabic in this brief history of the possible origins.

To fully appreciate the Arab people and their culture, you need to also understand the Arabic language. These both are fundamentally connected to each other. Just as Arab culture is very rich and complex, so Arabic is also a very rich language. It has a history as complex as the history of the Arabic speaking countries that use the language. Today’s article will explore 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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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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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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What so funny about peace, love, and understanding in the Middle East? Read this article to find out what makes Arabs laugh.

Jokes and a sense of humor have pretty much existed in every culture since mankind’s beginning. Indeed, in every culture around the world, the goal of jokes and humor is to reduce the daily pressures of life, creating a sense of understanding and often bringing us together. In this regard, the Arab world is no different. Although they are often stereotyped in the West, Arabs...

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You’ve filled your stomach with Moroccan main courses like spicy couscous and savory tagine. Now fill your sweet tooth with these Moroccan desserts!

We’ve already talked about Moroccan food and how mouthwatering it is. However, do you want to know what’s even more mouthwatering than Moroccan main courses? That’s right! Moroccan desserts and here are a few to whet your appetite: Halwa Chebakia Halwa Chebakia is a chewy, crunchy, honey-coated Moroccan sesame cookie. Moroccans make it by arranging rolled-out dough into a flower shape, frying it and then dipping it into...

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Next time you’re drinking from a decorative glass, you may have the Arabs to thank for its design. Find out why in this article.

Throughout most of the Middle Ages, Islamic luxury glassware was the most sophisticated glass Europe and China were importing. This happened after Islam overtook most of the traditional glass-producing territories of both the Sasanian and Roman Empires. In Pre-Islamic times, figurative decoration played a small part in the making of Arabic glass. So, the change from Persian and Roman glassmaking was not abrupt. As a...

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