Explore the products and practices of Arab culture to better understand who Arabs are and why they think the way they do.


Fall 2012 Arab Americans - Between Reality and Perceptions 11 Replies

Dear Students, This week, we are focusing on Arab Americans.  You had a chance last week to listen to a female Arab American Journalist and attend Arab Culture event.  I posted on D2L the full…Continue

Started by Nesreen Akhtarkhavari. Last reply by Alex Watkins Nov 8, 2012.


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Some Men at the Top

I did not like this book at all, "The Arabs," by: David Lamb. The reasons for it are practically the same as everyone's reasoning. But I will not dabble in reviewing the entire book. In the second to last chapter titled "Some Men at the Top," David Lamb talks about the politicians in the Arab world, devoting nearly half the chapter to Saddam and his glorious Iraq. But before I tackle the subject matter, I have heard nothing, but a condescending tone which has been filtered through a "holier… Continue

Posted by Karol Jarzabek on November 24, 2009 at 12:23pm

TOMORROW (important)

Anyone who wanted to go to the event that Nesreen talked about in class today, she sent me an email.
Chicago Cultural Center, Yates Gallery
77 East Randolph Street
from 5:30-7:00 followed by a Concert for a Lebanese singer
call and RSVP. at 312-742-0212 and tell them you are listed as accompanying Dr. Nesreen Akhtarkhavari (as one of the group of 7 and not by name) and ask them to list you by name.

Posted by Allyson on November 18, 2009 at 2:21am

Sharia Law

While chapter 5 touches upon such essential phenomena of Islam as a religion and a way of life as Ramadan practices, Islamic fundamentalism, Islamic revival movements and Islamic banking system, I want to pay special attention to the modern implementations of Islamic Sharia law in the Arab world.

Sharia law is fully incorporated in the state legal system only in two countries of Iran and Saudi Arabia and enforced by the religious police, Mutaween. Some laws derived form Sharia are… Continue

Posted by Yulia Tuchkovskaya on November 18, 2009 at 1:48am — 1 Comment

Chapter Nine - The Twice Promised Land (The Post by Kaitlin Taylor)

Written by Kaitlin Taylor

Chapter nine of David Lamb’s The Arabs: Journeys Beyond the Mirage, titled “The Twice Promised Land,” discusses the Israel-Palestine conflict in great detail. Lamb goes through a historical overview of the conflict, starting with the arrival of Jews in Palestine and their expulsion by the Romans in 175 AD. While very few Jews lived in the area during the Ottoman reign, Lamb explains that the raise of Zionism in the 1800s brought about a slow migration of… Continue

Posted by Nesreen Akhtarkhavari on November 15, 2009 at 10:09pm


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