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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. Languages of the Middle East
The Middle East is an area of amazing and often overlooked linguistic diversity.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Basic Words and Phrases in Arabic
Need a kick start on your Arabic language skills? Check out these basic words and phrases.
5. Key Cultural and Social Values in the Middle East
A comparison of cultural and social values in Western and Middle Eastern cultures.
6. The History of Falafel
Falafel, an ubiquitous Middle Eastern food, is ancient and even controversial!
7. Symbolism of the Crescent Moon
The crescent moon is often interpreted as a symbol of Islam, but is this accurate?
8. Janissaries - the Ottoman Empire's Infallible Army
A short history of the infallible army of Ottoman Empire, the Janissaries.
9. 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.
10. 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.
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