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The Journey Through the Middle East
Transcript of The Journey Through the Middle East
- Men and women hardly ever display any form of affection in public.
- At least an arm’s length when speaking to members of the opposite gender.
- Back slapping is common when having conversations between friends and family members.
- Male friends often walk holding hands or with their arms around each other.
- Middle Easterners view time as something flexible.
- Puts more emphasis on people and relationships rather than deadlines and keeping to set schedules.
- Direct eye contact in usually the norm between members of the same gender and age.
- Indirect eye contact is usually the norm when speaking to elders and members of the opposite gender.
Nuclear or Extended Family
Divorce permitted in extreme cases
Husband primary provider
Husband has authority
Wife obeys her husband
Children respect their parents
Personal Space and Touching
- Is a faith centered in:
Scripture, worship, theology, and ethics
Quran or Koran
Rendering of alms, the fast (Ramadan), annual pilgrimage, prayer (5 times a day, face Mecca)
Eid Al-Fitr (sugar festival)
Eid Al-Adha (sacrifice)
Concept of Allah (God) and his prophet Mohammed
Follows a set pattern fixed by the Prophet
Don't eat pork
-Follows the 5 pilars of Islam (alms, pligrimage, fast, prayer, one god)
- The Middle East is part of the Muslim Culture.
- The culture tends to be centralized around the Islamic religion.
Not divine person, prophet
Spiritual and psychological help
Epitome of Muslim behavior
Mecca- birthplace of Mohammed
A little smaller than the United States
246 million people
- Ethnic groups:
Communication and Learning Styles
- High context culture
Intuition & feelings
Time is fluid
Informal & indirect
Work in groups
Avoid change (know what's happening)
Superior has power
Women have no power
- Hijabs for women
- Polygamists (not widely practiced)
Teaching Help (Parents)
No long nails
- Parents affectionate w/reasonable expectations
- Education important (Islamic education)
- Men work, not necessarily women
- No obnoxious laughing (don't snort!)
- Not supposed to bully (respect others)
- Talk with respect and honor
- Improved & introduced chess
- Astronomy (Ptolemy)
Teaching Help (Students)
-Don't talk back & look in the eye
-Don't address their parents by first name
Avoid negativity of beliefs
Life of Mohammed
Israel has right to exist
May 21, 1996
UN allows Iraq to sell oil
Alexander the Great claims Middle East
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