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Adab Arabic Poetry
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This website hosts many examples of poetry from the jahiliyyah period to ...

This website hosts many examples of poetry from the jahiliyyah period to the present in an attempt to create a comprehensive diwan of Arabic poetry. Some poems have an audio component. Users can browse poetry by time period, by audio file, by author's name, or by custom search. The website is also in English and there are many poems that have been translated into English, although some poems that are on the website in English are not on the website in Arabic and vice versa. Users can submit poetry to the website via a submission system.

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Al-Bab (Portal)
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Al-Bab is a portal website designed to introduce non-Arabs to Arab culture ...

Al-Bab is a portal website designed to introduce non-Arabs to Arab culture by providing links to news sources, country profiles, articles, and a blog on Middle East current events. There are also specific links related to learning Arabic: dictionaries, language classes, textbooks, and other information pertaining to the study of Arabic. A free e-book, The Birth of Modern Yemen, is available for download.

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World Cultures
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British-Yemeni Society
Al-Hakawati Arab Cultural Trust
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al-hakawati is the Arabic word for 'the storyteller'. al-hakawati Arab Cultural Trust ...

al-hakawati is the Arabic word for 'the storyteller'. al-hakawati Arab Cultural Trust is an independent non-profit educational organization, registered in May 2006. Management and staff are located in Beirut, Lebanon, and New Jersey, USA. al-hakawati is a free educational resource and reference, made possible by the Arab Cultural Trust. The content of al-hakawati covers the 22 Arab states, members of the Arab League. The content is arranged thematically in ten sections, each with several subsections. New entries are regularly added.

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World Cultures
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Arab Cultural Trust
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Al-Maktaba Al-Shamila
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The Al-Maktaba al-Shamila (Comprehensive Library) application is a program that allows users ...

The Al-Maktaba al-Shamila (Comprehensive Library) application is a program that allows users to access the contents of the Comprehensive Library website on their mobile devices. This site hosts free copies of hundreds of works of Classical Arabic literature, including works on history, geography, and science, as well as texts on Islamic law, hadeeth, and the Qur'an. Users can add new books to the site, which is intended to be a comprehensive collection of the famous, classical texts of Islamic civilization.

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Mu'asasa Al-Maktaba Al-Shamila
Anthropology of the Middle East, Spring 2004
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This course examines traditional performances of the Arabic-speaking populations of the Middle ...

This course examines traditional performances of the Arabic-speaking populations of the Middle East and North Africa. Starting with the history of the ways in which the West has discovered, translated and written about the Orient, we will consider how power and politics play roles in the production of culture, narrative and performance. This approach assumes that performance, verbal art, and oral literature lend themselves to spontaneous adaptation and to oblique expression of ideas and opinions whose utterance would otherwise be censorable or disruptive. In particular we will be concerned with the way traditional performance practices are affected by and respond to the consequences of modernization. From the course home page: Topics include oral epic performance, sacred narrative, Koranic chant performance, the folktale, solo performance, cultural production and resistance.

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Anthropology
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
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Slyomovics, Susan
Arab Countries Web Directory
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This website attempts to bring information about various Arab countries into a ...

This website attempts to bring information about various Arab countries into a single portal. Users can search by country or look for specific information relating to the Arab world. Links are provided to websites of airports and national airlines, Arab social networks, classifieds, hotels, embassies, and more. Links to news and articles relating to the Arab world are included.

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Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Daily Life, Kinship, Marriage and Family
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Across the Arab world, kinship and familial association are cornerstones of society ...

Across the Arab world, kinship and familial association are cornerstones of society and the experience of every individual. Though each kin group functions in a unique way, there is a pervasive pattern of reliance on family networks regardless of religion, gender, ethnicity, or class. This unit explores concepts and structures of family in Arab societies from a variety of angles. Students will explore Jordanian customs and consider the values behind them and their relation to family. They will also hear from gay and lesbian Middle Easterners who reflect on their concepts of family and its impact on their coming-out processes. Students will read select short stories and poems and watch Ajami, a film in which the plot is fueled by character reactions to their families' needs. In the final lesson of this unit, students will synthesize all of the lessons above to create an Arab kinship themed version of Chutes and Ladders that demonstrates the role of kinship in setting and realizing individual goals.

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World Cultures
Cultural Geography
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Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
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Middle East Studies Center
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Gender Roles
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This curriculum understands gender and gender roles as social constructs that are ...

This curriculum understands gender and gender roles as social constructs that are built, defined, and fulfilled on an individual and societal level. These roles are both an outcome of and rationale for appearance, behavior, and interactions of individuals and groups. Such concepts of gendered behavior are impacted by various factors including one's age, geographic location, social class, religion, marital status, and ethnicity. In this unit, students explore the dynamics of gender in the Arab world and consider their varied manifestations, perhaps challenging traditional notions of gender in the region. Students will explore the nuances of gendered interactions in public and private space and the pressures that gender expectations may place on individuals in the region. By engaging with texts and stories from the region, students will consider how those traditional expectations are negotiated and contested in a variety of ways.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
Ethnic Studies
Women's Studies
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Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
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Middle East Studies Center
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Language and Ethnicity
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Though the Arab world is broadly defined by a shared Arab ethnicity, ...

Though the Arab world is broadly defined by a shared Arab ethnicity, there are actually a variety of ethnic groups in the region, many of whom are indigenous to the land. Each of these ethnic groups, including the Amazigh, the Bedouin, the Nubians, and the Kurds, has a unique history and culture and often their own language as well. Since the early years of Arab expansion, these indigenous groups have negotiated their acceptance and integration into the dominant Arab culture, at times adopting elements of the culture and at other times, rejecting it. This unit introduces students to ethnic groups in the Arab world and guides them through an understanding of their lived experience as minorities in the region. Students will consider the challenges that face specific ethnicities and explore how these groups negotiate their collective identity and membership in the region. Students will study the activity of Amazigh activists, read Kurdish poetry, and watch a documentary about the Nubians. They'll end the unit by conducting independent research on an ethnic minority of their choosing.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
Ethnic Studies
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Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
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Middle East Studies Center
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Religious Expression
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Religion permeates through the cultures and societies of the Arab world, manifesting ...

Religion permeates through the cultures and societies of the Arab world, manifesting itself in diverse ways. Its presence is seen at an institutional level as well as in personal behaviors and interactions including dress, daily routines, and patterns of speech. Although religion is ubiquitous, the way individuals understand and practice their religion varies widely. Furthermore, while Islam is the predominant religion of the region, religious sentiment pervades broadly and a host of other religions are practiced throughout the region. This unit guides students through an understanding of religion in the Arab world within its own cultural context. It challenges students to consider the complexities of religion and religious expression in a region in which its presence is unavoidable. This unit exposes students to diverse religious practices and expressions of Islam and the relationships between religious practitioners in the region.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
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World Cultures
Cultural Geography
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Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
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Middle East Studies Center
Arab Culture and Civilization
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This website offers resources for those who are studying or teaching about ...

This website offers resources for those who are studying or teaching about the Arab world and Islam in general. Its language section contains information in English about the Arabic language including readings about the history of Arabic, the development of MSA and Arabic's importance in Islam. The website also has a series of video lectures by the well-known Arabic scholars Mahmoud Al-Batal, Kristen Brustad, and Said Badawi about the language.

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Languages
Literature
Performing Arts
Philosophy
World Cultures
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National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE)
Arab Women Writers
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This blog is an initiative to celebrate and recognize Arab women writers, ...

This blog is an initiative to celebrate and recognize Arab women writers, promote awareness of the breadth of their contributions to Arab and world culture, and create a focal point for information related to Arab women writers and their work. Information on books, generations of authors, a suggested reading list, references, upcoming events, and more is all available via the website. Books discussed have all been translated into English.

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World Cultures
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The Arab World: Society, Culture, and State
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This book presents a comprehensive portrait of Arab society and culture without ...

This book presents a comprehensive portrait of Arab society and culture without overlooking its complexity, specificity, and inner dynamics. The purpose is to provide a theoretical framework that contributes to a deeper understanding of Arabs and their place in the modern era and this text provides scholarly analysis and social criticism from an Arab perspective.

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Arts and Humanities
World Cultures
World History
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Regents of the University of California
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Halim Barakat
Arab and Islamic Art
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Part of a larger website devoted to the Arab world, this section ...

Part of a larger website devoted to the Arab world, this section is a selection of links to articles and pictures relating to Islamic and Arab art. Historical art covered includes pre-Islamic art, an overview of art from early Islamic, medieval Islamic, and modern Islamic art, art of the Mamluks, and more. Types of art include oriental rugs and carpets, tattoos and henna, photography, art for sale, and others.

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World Cultures
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British-Yemeni Society
Arabglot Blog
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This blog includes information, stories, advice, and technical information about studying Arabic. ...

This blog includes information, stories, advice, and technical information about studying Arabic. Blog posts include, but are not limited to, interpretation of the word ____, Arabic and English text formatting issues, jokes about studying Arabic, poetry, economic information, and more.

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Economics
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Arabic-English Lexicon by Edward William Lane
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First published in the 19th century, the Arabic-English Lexicon by Edward William ...

First published in the 19th century, the Arabic-English Lexicon by Edward William Lane remains one of the widely used resources for classical Arabic - English translation. Entries are based on the root system and are exhaustive, often including examples of the use of the word in classical poetry and other classical texts. This online version allows the scholar to utilize the 8 volume dictionary by searching the root via the Arabic letters on the left hand side of the page. The site shows scanned images from the corresponding pages of the print version of the lexicon.

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Languages
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Tyndale House
Arabic History and Culture
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This webpage provides elementary information on aspects of Arab culture and history, ...

This webpage provides elementary information on aspects of Arab culture and history, including religion, politics, naming conventions, and Persian influence on Arab culture and language. The information seems to have been authored by the site's administrator, and contains no references or citations.

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Arts and Humanities
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Ancient History
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Hani Deek
Arabic Language
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Learn Arabic Language is a website that intends to teach the basics ...

Learn Arabic Language is a website that intends to teach the basics of the Arabic language, including background information on Arabic and its history. It contains information on the letters in their isolated position and numbers. The website further contains lists of pronouns, verbs, animal names, foods, grammar information, and more. All Arabic words are transliterated. The website also includes short lists of Arabic language books and Arabic schools throughout the U.S. and Egypt.

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U.S. History
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Arabic Language Web site
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This website offers information on things relating to the Arabic language, such ...

This website offers information on things relating to the Arabic language, such as its influence on other languages, dialects, phrases, newsletters, language schools, slang, and so forth. It also offers links to other information such as Arabic language schools, Arabic products, and Arabic translation. All Arabic on the site is transliterated. In addition to English, the website is available in Italian, Portuguese, Russian, French, Dutch, German, and Spanish.

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Arabic Language
Arabic Language and Its Standing among the Languages
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'Arabic Language and Its Standing among the Languages' is a study made ...

'Arabic Language and Its Standing among the Languages' is a study made by Dr. Farhan Salim. In this article, Dr. Salim discusses the importance of Arabic. The sections in this article are: Arabic language characteristics; the effect of the Arabic language on other languages; the challenges facing Arabic; and how to face the current challenges.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Linguistics
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Dr. Farhan Salim