11 March, 2006

Everything you always wanted to know

...about Arab culture, that is, can be found in a very straightforward (and only occasionally stereotypical) handbook for U.S. troops. The original source is the U.S. Army, reprinted by the Federation of American Scientists. A sample:

  • Over 200 million Arabs worldwide.
  • To be an Arab, is not to come from a particular race or lineage.
  • To be an Arab, like an American, is a cultural trait rather than racial.
  • The Arab world includes Muslims, Christians and Jews.
  • Any person who adopts the Arabic language is typically called an Arab.
  • Arabic is the official and the original language of the Qur’an, the Islamic holy book.
I can think of a lot of people who could find something of value in these factsheets.

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