This unique volume offers unprecedented insight into the typical day, interests, and familial, social, and cultural lives of Middle Eastern teens. Each chapter includes a resource guide to teach teens more about the 11 profiled countries: Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestinian territories, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Numerous photos accompany the text. This book provides teen readers in the West with a window into the everyday lives of their counterparts in the East, fostering a better understanding of both their similarities and differences.
The current population of the Middle East is young, and their future is critical in our worldview. Teen life in the Middle East is marked by extremes. In some countries, especially those that are Westernized, teens share the benefits of globalization with material and social comforts such as private schooling and vacations abroad. In other countries, political instability, religious and cultural repression, war and occupation, earthquakes, and poverty are ongoing crises. Many teenagers must endure a difficult, and sometimes nearly impossible, path to adulthood.
About the Author
ALI AKBAR MAHDI is Professor of Sociology at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Teens, Islam, and the Middle East
Iran by Malihe Maghazei
Iraq by Nadje Al-Ali and Yasmin Hussein
Israel by Rebecca Torstrick
Jordan by Musa Shteiwi and Nahed Emaish
Kuwait by Taghreed Alqudsi-Ghabra
Lebanon by Ali Akbar Mahdi
Palestinian Territories by Rawan Damen and Dima Damen
Saudi Arabia by M. A. Nezami
Syria by Ali Akbar Mahdi and Laila Hourani
Turkey by Meral Kaya
United Arab Emirates by Judith Caesar and Fatima Badry
Yemen by Reuben Ahroni