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Transcript of Saudi Arabia
SIMILARITIES TO CANADA
DIFFERENCES TO CANADA
BY AUSTIN ROPP AND CHRIS TAYLOR
We can learn how much we base our lives around simple freedoms that other people may not have access to.
Clothing and Adornment
-Saudi Arabia is not only the homeland of the Arab people but also
the homeland of Islam
-Created by the combined kingdoms of Hejaz, Nejd and Asir after
they were taken from the Ottoman Empire by the future King, Ibn Saud
-Islam is practiced by all Saudis and it governs their personal, political, economic and legal lives
-There is no religious freedom
-Men shake hands
-Women generally hug and kiss close friends
-Gifts are not opened when received
-the country's national dance is Al Ardha
-based on ancient Bedouin traditions: drummers beat out a rhythm and a
poet chants verses while sword-carrying men dance shoulder to shoulder
-religion and customs of Saudi Arabia dictate conservative dress for both men and women.
-Men wear the traditional dress called a thobe and a headdress consisting of a ghutra, igal and tagia.
-women cover themselves in public and in the presence of
men who are not close relatives
-they wear a voluminous black cloak called an abayah, and
a scarf covering their hair with a full face veil
-economy is petroleum-based
-2nd largest oil reserve
-6th largest natural gas reserve
-An absolute monarchy
-the king must comply with Sharia (Islamic law) and the Quran
-the Quran and the Sunnah (the traditions of Muhammad) are declared to be the country's constitution.
-strong tribal identity
-protest against the government, even if peaceful, is not tolerated.
-Female literacy is estimated to be 81%
-60% of all university graduates in Saudi Arabia are Saudi women
-every adult female must have a male relative as her "guardian"
-Polygamy is permitted for men
-A woman can only obtain a divorce with the consent of her husband or judicially if her husband has harmed her
-the basis of the social structure
-extended family is quite close
-nepotism is considered a good thing
-well informed of issues of the Arab world, the Muslim
world, and the world at large, but freedom of the press and public expression of opinion are not recognized by the government
-freedom of the press and public expression of opinion
-freedom of religion
-freedom of dress
-communication based societies
Saudi Arabia is a post-industrial Arabic culture heavily based upon the Islamic faith and its teachings and traditions.
In this presentation we have talked to you about the culture of Saudi Arabia and many of the things that make it a very unique culture that adds a lot to the world’s cultural diversity.
The Islamic Faith
-Second largest religion