At the Hammam

At the Hammam

Hammam  حمام , meaning bathroom or bathhouse, comes from the root  ح – م – م . This root also forms words associated with heating, charcoal, bathing and to have a fever. If you are travelling in the Arab world, it is well worth a visit to a traditional...
Eating Practices in Arab Countries

Eating Practices in Arab Countries

One of my favourite memories from my travels in Arab Countries has undoubtedly been food and the culture around food. In contrast with my British upbringing where food is so often eaten in a hurry and without ceremony, I was delighted to experience the richness and...
As-salamu alaykum

As-salamu alaykum

As-salamu alaykum is the greeting of Muslims and Arabs around the world, often simply shortened to salaam. Different ways of spelling this in western script or transliteration are: assalamuʿalaykum, assalamu alaikum, as-Salaam-Alaikum. Why ‘alaykum and not...
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