Thursday, September 19, 2013

Arab Culture and concept of sexuality

Arab culture points to the culture in the countries in which the official language is Arabic and the west officials and scholars address them by "Arab countries" of Western Asia and North Africa, from Morocco to the Arabian Sea. Culture of any community includes their Language, literature, heritage, gastronomy, art, architecture, music, spirituality, philosophy and mysticism etc. The Arab world consists of Egypt, Sudan, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, the UAE, Yemen and Oman. There are mainly three parts that all are practiced in Arab Culture, the Urban Culture (Al-Hadar), the Rural Culture (Al-Reef), and the Nomad Culture (Al-Badow). Characteristically, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, and Morocco are considered Rural Cultured countries, while Saudi Arabia, Libya, Mauritania and Jordan are considered as Nomad Cultured, and finally the Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia, Algeria are considered as Urban Cultured, yet most of the Arab Major Cities are recognized with Urban Cultures, like Cairo, Rabat, Baghdad, Alexandria, Damascus, Marrakech, etc.
Social loyalty is of great importance in Arab culture. Family is one of the most important aspects of the Arab society. Family loyalty is the greatest lesson taught in Arab families. Arab culture teaches that the needs of the group are more important than the needs of one person. Adherence to traditional dress varies across Arab societies. Saudi Arabia is more traditional, while Egypt is less so. Traditional Arab dress features the full length body cover (abaya, jilbāb, or chador) and veil (hijab). Women in most Arab Countries are required to wear abayas.

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