When in the Arab World

Author: Rana Nejem
Publisher: Whitefox
ISBN: 9781911195207
Format: PDF, Kindle
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When in the Arab World is written from the inside for anyone who wants to live or work with Arab culture.

Understanding the Arab Culture 2nd Edition

Author: Jehad Al-Omari
Publisher: How To Books
ISBN: 1848036469
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Understanding the Arab Culture is a thoroughly practical crosscultural guide to working with Arab cultures, written with theWesterner in mind.The book focuses more on the key differences than similarities, issues that Westerners will find puzzling, unusual or difficult to cope with. It is based on years of experience of lecturing to Westerners and a long list of frequently asked questions. It addresses Western perceptions and misconceptions of Arabs, Islam and the Arab world as well as some key Arab perceptions of the West. Many practical tips are given on a variety of issues, from exchanging appropriate gifts to negotiating techniques. Contents: Preface; About the author; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. A cross-cultural Perspective; 2. Ten cross-cultural realities; 3. The Arab culture in a generic context; 4. The business pyramid; 5. An Arab perspective; 6. First encounters with Arabs; 7. Values and attitudes; 8. Experiencing Arabia; 9. Islam: away of life; 10. Doing business; Epilogue; Recommended reading; Index.

Fractured Lands

Author: Scott Anderson
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0525434445
Format: PDF, ePub
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From the bestselling author of Lawrence in Arabia, a piercing account of how the contemporary Arab world came to be riven by catastrophe since the 2003 United States invasion of Iraq. In 2011, a series of anti-government uprisings shook the Middle East and North Africa in what would become known as the Arab Spring. Few could predict that these convulsions, initially hailed in the West as a triumph of democracy, would give way to brutal civil war, the terrors of the Islamic State, and a global refugee crisis. But, as New York Times bestselling author Scott Anderson shows, the seeds of catastrophe had been sown long before. In this gripping account, Anderson examines the myriad complex causes of the region’s profound unraveling, tracing the ideological conflicts of the present to their origins in the United States invasion of Iraq in 2003 and beyond. From this investigation emerges a rare view into a land in upheaval through the eyes of six individuals—the matriarch of a dissident Egyptian family; a Libyan Air Force cadet with divided loyalties; a Kurdish physician from a prominent warrior clan; a Syrian university student caught in civil war; an Iraqi activist for women’s rights; and an Iraqi day laborer-turned-ISIS fighter. A probing and insightful work of reportage, Fractured Lands offers a penetrating portrait of the contemporary Arab world and brings the stunning realities of an unprecedented geopolitical tragedy into crystalline focus.

Understanding Arabs

Author: Margaret K. Nydell
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey
ISBN: 0983955816
Format: PDF
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NEW 6TH EDITION NOW AVAILABLE This Fifth Editon of the highly successful guide to arab society - published in line with the Arab Spring. The perfect introduction to contemporary Arab culture for those who want to understand today's headlines and the complex events playing out on the world stage. From the rise of fundamentalism to the historically uneasy relationship between the Arab World and the West, Margaret Nydell has expanded her highly respected book to bring today's complex issues into clearer focus. Understanding Arabs introduces the elements of Arab culture and Islam in an even-handed, unbiased style. The book covers such topics as beliefs and values; religion and society; the role of the family; friends and strangers; men and women; social formalities and etiquette; and communication styles.

A History of the Arab Peoples

Author: Albert Habib Hourani
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674010178
Format: PDF, Docs
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Chronicles the history of Arab civilization, looking at the beauty of the great mosques, the importance attached to education, the achievements of Arab science, the role of women, internal conflicts, and the Palestinian question.

The Strong Horse

Author: Lee Smith
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0385532202
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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In this provocative and timely book, Middle East expert Lee Smith overturns long-held Western myths and assumptions about the Arab world, offering advice for America’s future success in the region. Seeking the motivation behind the September 11 attacks, Smith moved to Cairo, where he discovered that the standard explanation—a clash of East and West—was simply not the case. Middle East conflicts have little to do with Israel, the United States, or the West in general, but are endemic to the region. According to Smith’s “Strong Horse Doctrine,” the Arab world naturally aligns itself with strength, power, and violence. He argues that America must be the strong horse in order to reclaim its role there, and that only by understanding the nature of the region’s ancient conflicts can we succeed. Smith details the three-decades-long relationship between Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and the United States, and gives a history of the Muslim Brotherhood, which would likely play an important role in the formation of a new government in Egypt. He also discusses Lebanon, where tipping the balance against Hezbollah in favor of pro-democracy, pro-US forces has become imperative, as a special tribunal investigates the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. Eye-opening and in-depth, The Strong Horse is much needed background and perspective on today’s headlines. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Book of Arabia

Author: C. Abi Rached
Publisher: Eton Institute
ISBN: 1942555911
Format: PDF, ePub
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Author C. Abi Rached gives readers a guide to the Arab cultures and traditions in the Book of Arabia—benefiting anyone who’s interested about this rich and deeply rooted culture. Intrigued by the Arab way of life or Traveling to the Middle East? Pick up a copy of Book of Arabia, your guide to understanding this vast and diverse region. Beirut native C. Abi Rached gives readers a solid introduction to Arab culture and traditions in her easy-to-read exploration of all aspects of Arab life. Subjects include Arab character and behavior speech and body language, poetry, belief, hospitality and other aspects of Muslim and non-Muslim cultures alike, as well as the reasoning behind them. C. Abi Rached offers advice on how to behave in the presence of Arab people—providing valuable tips to both tourists and businesspeople alike. She also explains the status of Arab women and dedicated a chapter offering advice to any woman living in the Arab world, which is a world growing more connected by the World Wide Web, these pearls of wisdom can be invaluable to online interactions as well. C. Abi Rached, who has lived in both the Arab countries and the West, has left no stone unturned in her attempt to bridge the gap between the Arabs and Westerners. So if you’re ready for an authentic voice to help guide you through a colorful range of culture and experience, look no further than the Book of Arabia. Book of Arabia is your crucial guide to connecting with the diverse Arabic peoples of the Middle East and about all Arabs all over the world. Here, C. Abi Rached offers readers an insider's perspective of Arab culture and social traditions. Along with tips on how to interact, She introduces Western audiences to Arab hospitality, character, kindness, food, and the importance of family in the Arab culture. Book of Arabia gives readers insight to: • The Arabic language—including greetings, expressions, and body language• The daily life in the Arab world and how to interact with it• The traditional dress, including why women cover their inner clothing and heads• The social classes interaction, how to deal in business face to face or in distance with an Arab or while working in an Arab company• The role of religion in Arab life Whether you’re traveling to the Arab states or conversing by phone or online, Book of Arabia covers what you need to know in details about the region and its culture—written by an Arab native well-versed in Western and Arab culture alike. Her travels between the West and Arab cultures gave her a unique experience in knowing the differences between the two cultures.

The Arab Uprising

Author: Marc Lynch
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 1610392981
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Barely a year after the self-immolation of a young fruit seller in Tunisia, a vast wave of popular protest has convulsed the Middle East, overthrowing long-ruling dictators and transforming the region’s politics almost beyond recognition. But the biggest transformations of what has been labeled as the “Arab Spring” are yet to come. An insider to both American policy and the world of the Arab public, Marc Lynch shows that the fall of particular leaders is but the least of the changes that will emerge from months of unrest. The far-ranging implications of the rise of an interconnected and newly-empowered Arab populace have only begun to be felt. Young, frustrated Arabs now know that protest can work and that change is possible. They have lost their fear—meanwhile their leaders, desperate to survive, have heard the unprecedented message that killing their own people will no longer keep them in power. Even so, as Lynch reminds us, the last wave of region-wide protest in the 1950s and 1960s resulted not in democracy, but in brutal autocracy. Will the Arab world’s struggle for change succeed in building open societies? Will authoritarian regimes regain their grip, or will Islamist movements seize the initiative to impose a new kind of rule? The Arab Uprising follows these struggles from Tunisia and Egypt to the harsh battles of Yemen, Bahrain, Syria, and Libya and to the cautious reforms of the region’s monarchies. It examines the real meaning of the rise of Islamist movements in the emerging democracies, and the longterm hopes of a generation of activists confronted with the limits of their power. It points toward a striking change in the hierarchy of influence, as the old heavyweights—Iran, Al Qaeda, even Israel—have been all but left out while oil-rich powers like Saudi Arabia and “swing states” like Turkey and Qatar find new opportunities to spread their influence. And it reveals how America must adjust to the new realities. Deeply informed by inside access to the Obama administration’s decision-making process and first-hand interviews with protestors, politicians, diplomats, and journalists, The Arab Uprising highlights the new fault lines that are forming between forces of revolution and counter-revolution, and shows what it all means for the future of American policy. The result is an indispensible guide to the changing lay of the land in the Middle East and North Africa.

Arab Voices

Author: James Zogby
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9780230112230
Format: PDF
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The Arab World is a region that has been vastly misunderstood in the West. Arab Voices asks the questions, collects the answers, and shares the results that will help us see Arabs clearly. The book will bring into stark relief the myths, assumptions, and biases that hold us back from understanding this important people. Here, James Zogby debuts a brand new, comprehensive poll, bringing numbers to life so that we can base policy and perception on the real world, rather than on a conjured reality. Based on a new poll run by Zogby International exclusively for this book, some of the surprising results revealed include: * Despite the frustration with the peace process and the number of wars of the past few years, 74% of Arabs still support a two state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. And over one-third of Lebanese, Saudis, and Jordanians think that their governments should do more to advance peace. * Despite wars in and around their region and the worldwide economic crisis, when asked "Are you better off than you were 4 years ago?" 42% of those polled say they are better off, 19% worse off. * Arabs like American people (59% favorable rating), values (52%) and products (69%), giving them all high ratings. And Canada gets high favorability ratings everywhere (an overall rating of 55% favorable and 32% unfavorable). * However, Arabs overwhelmingly rate American society "more violent and war-like" (77%) or "less respectful of the rights ofothers" (78%) than their own society. Why? Because of the Iraq war and continuing fallout from Abu Ghraib,Guantanamo, and the treatment of Arab and Muslim immigrants and visitors to the United States. * What type of TV show do Saudis and Egyptians prefer to watch? The answer is, "Movies", which draws over 50% of the first and second choice votes. In Morocco, the top rated shows are "soap operas" and music and entertainment programs, drawing almost two-thirds of the first and second choice votes. Religious programs are near the bottom of the list of viewer preferences, garnering less than 10% of votes in all three countries.

Rock the Casbah

Author: Robin Wright
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439103178
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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"With a new epilogue, The Morning After"--Cover.