Frankincense in the Arab world

Frankincense in the Arab world

Frankincense has been sought after since ancient times Frankincense has been sought after since ancient times and there are many historical accounts that refer to it. The most famous one is the Bible passage which notes that frankincense was one of the three gifts by...
Traditional Arab cities (Part 2)

Traditional Arab cities (Part 2)

The heat and the needs of prayer affect the days in an Arab city You will also notice how the normal full day in a traditional Arab city is affected partly by the heat and partly by the needs of prayer. At noon it would be normal for many shopkeepers and shoppers to...
Traditional Arab cities  (Part 1)

Traditional Arab cities (Part 1)

Arab cities were adapted to the requirements of religious observance. Arab cities go back many centuries. Damascus, Cairo and Baghdad experienced town planning long before London or Paris. Public services were provided to ensure cleanliness, both personal (public...
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...
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