Arab Culture refers to the culture in Arab countries of West Asia and North Africa, from Morocco to the Arabic Gulf. Language, literature, gastronomy, art, architecture, music, spirituality, philosophy, mysticism (etc.) are all part of the cultural heritage of the pan-Arab world.
Arab culture refers to the culture in Arab countries of West Asia and North Africa, from Morocco to the Arabic Gulf. Language, literature, gastronomy, art, architecture, music, spirituality, philosophy, mysticism (etc.) are all part of the cultural heritage of the pan-Arab world. FOLK STORIES Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and Other Stories (Illustrated Stories for Children) Aladdin and the Magic Lamp (Step Into Reading, a Step 3 Book) by Deborah Hautzig With the aid of a genie from a magic lamp, Aladdin fights an evil magician and wins the hand of a beautiful princess One Thousand and One Arabian Nights (Oxford Story Collections) King Shahryar kills a new wife every night, because he is afraid she will stop loving him. But his new bride Shahrazad has a clever plan to save herself. Her nightly stories-- of Sinbad the Sailor, Ali Baba, and many other heroes and villains--are so engrossing that King Shahryar has to postpone her execution again and again... McCaughrean. Tale from the Arabian Knights (A) (Classics for Kids) Three children, separated from their parents at birth, are reunited with the help of an old man who directs them to a talking bird, singing tree, and water made of gold. Tales from the Arabian Nights (Classics for Older Readers) Nine of the tales told by Shaharazad to enchant the cruel sultan and stop him from executing her as he had his other daily wives. LEGENDARY FOLKLORIC CREATURES 1.DANDAN OR DENDAN –is mythical sea monster, largest fish on the sea capable of swallowing a ship 2.GHOUL- dwells in burial ground and other uninhabited palaces, shape shifting demon 3.JINN – are called also called genies, made of smokeless scorching fire, they can be good or evil 4.IFRIT- they are infernal jinn, an enormous winged creature of fire, they are wicked and ruthless 5.AGTA OR KAPRE Islamic, Arab and Persian festivals Eid ul-Fitr (Arabic: ‘ ال فطر ع يدīdu l-fiṭr "Festival of the Fast Breaking"), marks the end of the month of Ramadan Eid al-Adha (Arabic: ‘ األ ضحى ع يدīdu l-’aḍḥā "Festival of the Sacrifice"), Greater Eid, or Eid-e Qurban , celebrated to commemorate prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son for God Eid-e Nowruz (Persian: ن وروز ع يدeyde nowruz), celebrated on Nowruz and marking the first day of spring and the beginning of the Iranian year as well as the Baha'i year Eid Mubarak (Persian: م بارک ع يدeyd mobârak, from the Arabic ‘ م بارﻙ ع يدīd mubārak, lit. "bless you on this festival") or ("Have a good blessed festival"), a greeting used by Muslims during Eid ul-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Eid Milad an Nabi ("( )ن بي ال مول ود ع يدFestival of the birth of the Prophet"), one of several names for Mawlid Eid al-Milad (Arabic: ال م الد ع يدīdu l-milād "Festival of the Birth"), Arabic phrase for Birthday. Eid al-Ghadeer, the day of Eid for Shia Muslims that marks the nomination of Ali, prophet's cousin, as the successor of the prophet Eid al-Mubahila, the day of Eid for Shia Muslims that marks the success of Muslims in a peaceful debate with Christians of the time Eid E Shuja, the day of Eid for Shia Muslims and marks the end of the mourning period after the events of Karbala Eid prayer (( )ال ع يدي ن ص الةsalatu'l-`idayn), prescribed in the first year after the hijra PRACTICES Arranged Marriages Jewish Wedding tradition Customs of circumssion Hajj and Umrah rituals LANDMARKS The Sphinx The Sphinx is perhaps the most distinctive and popular landmark of Egypt. Situated in Cairo this unique structure is considered as being one of the oldest standing structures of Egypt. The Sphinx was actually a mythological creature which has been meticulously crafted out of huge blocks of limestone. The larger than life structure has the face of a human being upon a body of a loin. Karnak Temple This site is dated further back than four thousand years. It was an important religious site for the ancient Egyptians and is truly impressive in terms of its architecture. The temple was considered to be the center of the city of gods and priests that were also considered to be god-like in ancient Egypt. The Egyptian Pyramids - The construction of the Egyptian pyramids have dumbfounded the world for generations, if not centuries. It seems incongruous that anyone, especially an ancient civilization, could have successfully managed such massive construction projects such as the pyramids of Egypt. Yet, even thousands of years later, the pyramids rise above the sand filled deserts of Egypt as a testament to their builders. Egypt Mummies - Obsessed with the afterlife, and the avoidance of death, the ancient Egyptians are most often known for their mummies. Find out more about the ancient process of mummification and why it is truly an art form in its own right. The Great Sphynx of Giza The Great Sphynx is the largest statue created from one piece of stone. With the body of a lion and a human head it was believed to have been built by ancient Egyptians in around 3000BC. The complete Sphynx was only fully uncovered in the 1920s prior to that it was up to its neck in sand. The Pyramids of Giza If you are at the Sphynx then there is not a chance that you will be missing the Pyramids. Giza houses 3 main pyramids, one of which being the Great Pyramid. Originally the Pyramids exteriors were made from smooth polished limestone, but as the years of weather have eroded this away, we are left with step like structures to the top. Only the top of the smallest pyramid has some of its limestone left but this lacks the polished texture too due to erosion. The Great Pyramid is the only one of the seven wonders of the ancient world still in existence. Mecca – Holliest city in Islam
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