Understanding Arabs: A Guide for Westerners / Edition 1

Understanding Arabs: A Guide for Westerners / Edition 1

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by Margaret K. Nydell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0933662653

ISBN-13: 9780933662650

Pub. Date: 01/28/1987

Publisher: Intercultural Press

When Understanding Arabs was first published in 1987, Westerners knew very little about the complex world of Arab culture, where everything seems so unpredictable, but where in fact the deep culture remains remarkably constant. In this revised edition, Dr. Nydell has given particular attention to the larger framework of Arab culture and to each of the nineteen Arab…  See more details below

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When Understanding Arabs was first published in 1987, Westerners knew very little about the complex world of Arab culture, where everything seems so unpredictable, but where in fact the deep culture remains remarkably constant. In this revised edition, Dr. Nydell has given particular attention to the larger framework of Arab culture and to each of the nineteen Arab countries, carefully updating and annotating trends and events. This includes sixty new citations chronicling the tremendous changes that have taken place in the last decade. Dr. Nydell is particularly attentive to the rising tide of fundamentalism that has swept Muslim countries; she comments on the great impact it has had in the Arab World, from women’s dress to education to increased wariness of the West and criticism of Western values and behavior. The author has added an addendum addressing the events of September 11, 2001.

Understanding Arabs provides a cross-cultural guide for foreigners who are living in an Arab country, who encounter Arabs frequently in the Arab World or in the West, or who are interested in Arab culture and sensibilities.

In early chapters Dr. Nydell examines the Arab personality in a cultural context that is comprehensible to foreigners yet not stereotypical. She looks at friendship patterns, attitudes toward strangers, hospitality, differences in ways of thinking, the value placed upon the expression of emotion, and relationships between men and women. Later chapters address broad societal structures including social classes, the family, religion, language and communication.

Margaret K. (Omar) Nydell received her Ph.D. in linguistics and her master’s degree in Arabic from Georgetown University. She is an experienced trainer and Arabist who has directed Arabic language training at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. State Department and the School of Arabic Language and Area Studies in Tunis. Dr. Nydell has also written several books on the Arabic language and lectured extensively on Arab culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780933662650
Publisher:
Intercultural Press
Publication date:
01/28/1987
Series:
The InterAct Ser.
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
176

Table of Contents

A Message from the Authorix
Map of the Arab Worldxvii
Prefacexix
Introduction: Patterns of Change1
Modernization1
The Effects of Change6
The Muslim View9
Fundamentalism (Islamism)15
Facing the Future21
1Beliefs and Values23
Basic Arab Values25
Basic Arab Religious Attitudes25
Basic Arab Self-Perceptions26
2Friends and Strangers29
The Concept of Friendship29
Reciprocal Favors30
Introductions32
Visiting Patterns33
Business Friendships35
Office Relations36
Criticism37
Intermediaries39
Private and Public Manners40
3Emotion and Logic43
Objectivity and Subjectivity43
Fatalism44
What Is Reality?45
The Human Dimension47
Persuasion48
4Getting Personal51
Personal Questions51
Sensitive Subjects52
Social Distance54
Gestures56
Names57
5Men and Women63
Social Interaction63
Displaying Intimacy65
The Status of Women65
Western Women68
6Social Formalities and Etiquette71
Hospitality71
Time and Appointments74
Discussing Business75
Sharing Meals76
Smoking80
Rules of Etiquette80
7The Social Structure85
Social Classes85
Image and Upper-Class Behavior86
Dealing with Service People88
8The Role of the Family91
Family Loyalty and Obligations91
Relations among Family Members93
Marriage95
Divorce96
Child-Rearing Practices97
Talking about Your Family100
9Religion and Society101
Religious Affiliation101
Religious Practices101
The Religion of Islam103
The Qur'an and the Bible108
Passages from the Qur'an111
10Communicating with Arabs115
Varieties of Arabic116
The Superiority of Arabic117
The Prestige of Classical Arabic118
Eloquence of Speech119
Speech Mannerisms120
The Power of Words122
Euphemisms123
The Written Word124
Proverbs124
Conclusion127
Appendix A.Muslims and Arabs in the West129
Muslims in the United States and Canada129
Arabs in the United States131
Muslims in Europe132
Arabs in Western Europe135
Image in the West136
Image in America136
Image in Europe140
Islamic Schools144
Headscarves144
Appendix B.The Arab Countries: Similarities and Differences147
Morocco148
Algeria151
Tunisia153
Libya155
Egypt157
Sudan160
Lebanon162
Syria164
Jordan166
Iraq168
Saudi Arabia170
Yemen174
Kuwait177
The Arabian Gulf States178
Appendix C.The Arabic Language185
Colloquial Arabic Dialects186
Attitudes toward Dialects188
The Structure of Arabic188
Arabic Writing190
Calligraphy as an Art Form191
Social Greetings192
Bibliography and References195
About the Author217

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