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Here are the top ten articles for the Middle Eastern Culture Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. The Hamsa - Protection from the Evil Eye
The hamsa; also known as the hamesh, Hand of Fatima, Hand of Miriam, and Hand of God; is a Middle Eastern symbol of protection, particularly from the evil eye. Learn about the history and symbolism of this talisman.
2. Languages of the Middle East
The Middle East is an area of amazing and often overlooked linguistic diversity.
3. Numbers in the Middle East - Understanding Arabic Numbers
Want to be able to read prices and addresses through out the Middle East? Check out this description of different types of numbers.
4. Alia Muhammad Baker - Chief Librarian of Al Basrah (Iraq) Central Library, Cultural Heroine
Librarian Alia Muhammad Baker saved the majority of the collection of the Basra Central Library, and much of the history of Basra, from the looting and destruction of war. Her actions inspired two fabulous children's books and earned her a place in the rich history of Iraqi libraries.
5. What is Kefir?
An explanation of Kefir, and how to obtain a live supply of real Kefir grains.
6. Facial Hair and Scarves in Turkey
Men's facial hair in Turkey makes a political or religious statement. Understand the meaning of length of mustache and beard to understand both culture. Women's scarves also have significant meaning.
7. Greetings and Politeness in Dari
The two official languages of Afghanistan are Pashto and Dari. Dari stems from Persian Farsi, which is spoken in Iran and other Middle Eastern countries. Need a kick start on your Dari language skills? Check out these basic words and phrases.
8. Status of Muslim Women
A discussion of the status of Muslim women and their role in Middle Eastern society.
9. King Midas: Not Just a Greek Myth
Imagine our surprise to learn that King Midas, the mythological King whose touch turned everything to gold, actually lived in an ancient town not far from Ankara, the capital of Turkey.
10. Ankara, the capital of Turkey
Basic historical sketch of the region and highlights of a few of the many sites to see in the beautiful city of Ankara, Turkey.
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