Arab Culture - Essay

6842 Words Jun 6th, 2012 28 Pages

This study provides an overview of Arab culture. It must be emphasized that there is no “one” Arab culture or society. The Arab world is full of rich and diverse communities, groups and cultures. Differences exist not only among countries, but within countries as well. It is impossible to talk about groups of people without generalizing. It then follows that it is hard to talk about the culture of a group without generalizing. This handbook attempts to be as accurate and specific as possible, but inevitably contains such generalizations. Treat these generalizations with caution and wariness. They do provide insight into a culture, but the accuracy and usefulness will depend on the context and specific circumstances.

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In some countries, like Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, it is no imposed upon them and women are free to choose whether to wear veils. However, in other places, all women, even non-Muslims, wear veils out of fear of mistreatment by fanatics or those who pretend to be guardians of Islam.

• Politically diverse forms of government in Arab world:
O Parliamentary Republics in Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen.
O Traditional monarchies in Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and
Saudi Arabia.
O Jordan and Morocco are constitutional monarchies.
• Religion does play a role in Arab politics in many different ways:
O Lebanon – Parliamentary representation is divided according to religious affiliation (Muslim, Christian, and Druze).
O Jordan/Morocco King bases legitimacy on direct descent from the Prophet Mohammed, but he is not a religious leader.

THE ARAB LEAGUE One of the oldest regional organizations in the world, the Arab League was founded on March 22, 1945. The objective of the Arab League 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. The headquarters of the Arab League is in Cairo, Egypt. Members of the league include: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoro Islands, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya,
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