The Identity Of The Arab Nations National Identity

1366 Words Nov 11th, 2014 6 Pages
“Cultures in MENA are traditions, beliefs, and behaviors shaped by history, religion, ethnic identity, language, and nationality”. MENA consists of a mix of ethnic, language, and religious groups. The diversity of these groups allow for cultures to co-exist in the region. The family is very import and the values that come from having strength in a solid extended family allows for respect, honor, and loyalty. Religion plays a huge influence in the daily lives of the people in MENA.
“Language, culture, social, and political, economic interests, and a collective memory of their place and role in history. The logic of nationhood is frequently being formed and reformed, reflecting changing conditions and self-conceptions; together these deny total separation as well as complete incorporation in the way communities relate to one another is fortified by shared images and origins” (Barakat, Halim). The national identity of the Arab Nations national identity is said to be focused on language. Albert Hourani stated in his most famous book, “Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age” by Albert Hourani asserts that Arabic people are more focused on their language more than any other peoples of the world.” This theory is also stated by Jacques Berque, saying "the East is the home of the word the Arabic language does not really belong to the world of men; rather, it seems to be lent to them," and that "Arabic writing is more suggestive than informative."
The origin of Arab identity as relating…
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