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Culture and Customs of Syria (Culture and Customs of the Middle East Series)

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Syria has served as a major crossroads in the Middle East since prehistoric times, leaving it open to change and passing customs from other societies. Syria's melting pot of cultures has led it to become an ethnically diverse country, sometimes leading to turbulence among other countries as well as within its own borders. Focusing on contemporary traditions, topics such as religion, cuisine, fashion, music, and art unveil Syria's true modern-day culture. Readers will discover how Syrians live today-what they eat,...

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Culture and Customs of Syria (Culture and Customs of the Middle East Series)

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Overview

Syria has served as a major crossroads in the Middle East since prehistoric times, leaving it open to change and passing customs from other societies. Syria's melting pot of cultures has led it to become an ethnically diverse country, sometimes leading to turbulence among other countries as well as within its own borders. Focusing on contemporary traditions, topics such as religion, cuisine, fashion, music, and art unveil Syria's true modern-day culture. Readers will discover how Syrians live today-what they eat, what they wear, and how they celebrate life in today's conflicted Middle East. Ideal for high school students and general readers, Culture and Customs of Syria serves as a staple for all library shelves.

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Meet the Author

JOHN A. SHOUP is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. He is also the author of Culture and Customs of Jordan (Greenwood, 2007).

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Table of Contents


Series Foreword     vii
Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Chronology     xiii
Land, People, and History     1
Religions and World Views     39
Literature and Media     63
Architecture, Traditional Crafts, and Traditional Dress     77
Traditional Cuisine and Costume     99
Gender, Marriage, and Family     113
Social Customs and Lifestyle     127
Music and Dance     137
Glossary     151
Bibliography     159
Index     163
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