The Arabs bequeathed us great discoveries in Chemistry, Astronomy, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine, among others.
It is enough to mention only algebra, Arabic numerals and the use of zero to appreciate the importance of their contribution to humanity.
The history of the Arabs was destined to spread a brilliant civilization since it was united by a common religion preached by a prophet: Muhammad.
It is important to point out, that the valuation of Arab culture, although it has historical links with Islam, is exclusively linguistic, so much so that many Muslims do not speak Arabic and a group of Arabs profess other religions.
Under this premise:
“Arab nationalism seeks the alliance of virtually the entire Arab world as one nation.”
Thus, there are three factors that determine whether a person can be considered an Arab or not:
- Political: if he or she lives in a country that is a member of the Arab League, a definition that covers more than 300 million inhabitants.
- Linguistic: if the mother tongue is Arabic, a concept that covers more than 200 million people.
- Genealogical: if it has ancestry from the Arabian Peninsula.
When the Arab League was founded it was established that:
“Arab is a person who speaks Arabic, lives in an Arabic-speaking country and is sympathetic to the aspirations of Arab peoples.”
In the Arab culture there are different types of symbols and customs according to each region, but there are some that are generally a constant, let’s see:
For Arabs values such as loyalty and honor are important in relationships to establish trust. The sense of friendship, in this culture, is taken very seriously, so they are very selective.
A well-known artistic expression of Arab culture is Arab dance, characterized by sensual body movements.
Arab gastronomy has become internationalized with dishes such as kibbe, couscous, falafel, maqluba, hummus, shawarma, biryani, muaddas.
It should be noted that the concept of food in Arab countries is closely linked to that of hospitality, in many cases serving a meal to the guest is an opportunity to honor him.
It cannot be forgotten that in most of the countries the Islam marks precise rites about when to eat (Ramadan or fasting days), removing the particularity of the religion, the customs and the cult of the food are closer to those of each Arab country.
Many are the questions we ask ourselves and they all have answers.
In addition to Arab culture, you will find recipes for traditional Arab food and a blog to learn about the 22 countries that make up the Arab world.
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