A date with dates

A date with dates

Date Tree – The Tree of Life Dates have been a staple food in the Middle East for thousands of years. In fact, a date tree is known as the “tree of life” because the tree and its fruit have so many uses. Nomadic life and trade was made possible in these dry and...
Visiting an Arab family home

Visiting an Arab family home

The ideal way to experience another language and culture is to live with a family that belongs to that culture. You will absorb knowledge and impressions about a new society through the things you see and the things you hear, even the things you eat. As a visitor to a...
Shura Decision Making – Arabic and Islamic Culture

Shura Decision Making – Arabic and Islamic Culture

The word ’shura’ (شورى ) is an Arabic word with the sh-u-r root conveying the concept ‘to seek council’ or ‘to take out the honey’. It is interesting to note how, in the Arabic language, ‘seeking advice’ is given the same status as ‘extracting honey’ – one of...
Greetings in Arabic

Greetings in Arabic

In Arabic, as in all languages, there are different ways to greet people. If you know some Arabic and, especially some Arabic greetings, you should not refrain from using them. Greetings are very important in the Arab world to demonstrate to your host or business...
From Hijab to Burqa

From Hijab to Burqa

Rules about dress code for Muslim women are often open to interpretations. Some Muslim women believe in covering every part of the body, others do not adhere to any specific dress rules. However, non-Muslims often don’t know the difference between a Niqab and a Burqa,...