Presentation on theme: "Arab Cultures in SW Asia. Facing Change Traditions are being challenged by modern life – technology, new social rules, western influence Bedouin lifestyle."— Presentation transcript:
Facing Change Traditions are being challenged by modern life – technology, new social rules, western influence Bedouin lifestyle (camels, herding, desert travel) dying out but Saudi Arabia holds traditions Traditional dress meeting t-shirts and sneakers
Islamic Revival Many against modernization (western influence) Blame the west for poverty and everything else wrong in the world Islamists want to go back to strict traditions and base governments on Islam Women’s role is big question Only current country run by Islamists is Iran
Arab Traditions Heaven is described with water, food and shade Share food and hospitality for 3 days Welcome feasts—sit on floor, no utensils, use right hand, huge group plate to share Women prepare food and sit/eat separately from the men
Traditions cont. Loyalty and honor very important Family before individual Patriarchal—oldest man in charge Men and women do not socialize in public Some men have multiple wives – Islam allows
Arab Dress/Fashion Loose fitting robes with light colors to reflect heat Saudi Arabia, Jordan and other countries have distinct head coverings
Fashion cont. Different rules for women depending on the country Burqas cover entire body Henna tattoos and artwork
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