Understanding Arabs A Contemporary Guide to Arab Society

ISBN-10: 0983955808

ISBN-13: 9780983955801

Edition: 5th 2011

Authors: Margaret K. Nydell

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Margaret Nydell introduces elements of Arab culture and Islam in an evenhanded, unbiased style and covers topics such as beliefs and values, religion and society, the role of the family, social formalities and etiquette and communication styles.
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
Publication date: 4/16/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 228
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

A Message from the Author
The Arab Spring
Terrorism
Looking to the Future
Map of the Arab World
Preface
Introduction: Patterns of Change
Modernization
The Arab Human Development Reports
The Effects of Change
The Muslim View
Islamic Education
Facing the Future
Beliefs and Values
Basic Arab Values and Attitudes
Basic Arab Self-Perceptions
Friends and Strangers
The Concept of Friendship
Reciprocal Favors
Introductions
Visiting Patterns
Business Friendships
Office Relations
Criticism
Intermediaries
Private and Public Manners
Emotion and Logic
Objectivity and Subjectivity
Fatalism
What Is Reality?
The Human Dimension
Persuasion
Getting Personal
Personal Questions
Sensitive Subjects
Social Distance
Gestures
Names
Men and Women
Social Interaction
Displaying Intimacy
The Status of Women
Women's Right to Vote
Women in Government Positions
Women's Power in the Family
The Headscarf and the Veil
Polygamy
Traditional Gender Roles
Western Women
Looking Toward the Future
Social Formalities and Etiquette
Hospitality
Time and Appointments
Discussing Business
Sharing Meals
Smoking
Rules of Etiquette
The Social Structure
Social Classes
Image and Upper-Class Behavior
Dealing with Service People
The Role of the Family
Family Loyalty and Obligations
Relations Among Family Members
Marriage
Divorce
Child-Rearing Practices
Talking About Your Family
Religion and Society
Religious Affiliation
Religious Practices
The Religion of Islam
Sunni and Shia
The Sharia, Islamic Law
The Qur'an and the Bible
Passages from the Qur'an
Communicating with Arabs
Varieties of Arabic
The Superiority of Arabic
The Prestige of Classical Arabic
Eloquence of Speech
Speech Mannerisms
Pleasant and Indirect Responses
The Power of Words
Euphemisms
The Written Word
Proverbs
Islamic Fundamentalism (Islamism)
Definitions and Numbers
Jihad
Islamists and Muslim Society
Mainstream Muslims
Anti-Americanism
Reasons for Arab Anger
Arab/Muslim and Some Western Views
Some American Views
They Hate Our Freedom, Values, Way of Life
They Hate Our Success
They Don't Know Enough About Us
Anti-Americanism Is an Excuse
We Share a Long History of Hatred
Arab/Muslim Views on American Culture
Views on Western-Style Democracy
Islam
Anti-Islam Comments
Defense-of-Islam Comments
Arabs and Muslims in the West
Arabs in the United States
Muslims in the United States and Canada
Muslims in Europe
The Image of Arabs and Muslims
In America
In Europe
The Future of Islam in the West
The Arab Countries, Similarities and Differences: The Arab Countries in Africa
The Maghrib
Morocco
Algeria
Tunisia
Libya
The Nile Valley
Egypt
Sudan
The Arab Countries in the Center
The Levant
Lebanon
Syria
Palestinian Territories
Jordan
Iraq
The Arab Countries in the Arabian Peninsula
Saudi Arabia
Yemen
The Arabian Gulf States (Persian Gulf)
Kuwait
Bahrain
Qatar
The United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Oman
Conclusion
Appendix: The Arabic Language
Colloquial Arabic Dialects
Attitudes Toward Dialects
The Structure of Arabic
Transcription
Arabic Writing
Calligraphy As an Art Form
Social Greetings
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
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