A collection of 6 posts
How to Be a Welcome Visitor in Jordan—Culture and Etiquette, Part 2
Men and Women We in the “liberated” West often think women are degraded in the Arab world. Sometimes they are. However, it is my understanding that the way a woman is treated is more to protect her. Generally, a women will not communicate with a man (outside of a workplace)
How to Be a Welcome Visitor in Jordan—Culture and Etiquette, Part 1
Jordan is an unusual Muslim country, in that its culture is based not only in Arabic and Islamic elements, but it has significant Western influence as well. Its location at the intersection of Europe, Asia, and Africa gives it geographic and population diversity. In some ways it is urbane and
MARHABA—Hello and Welcome!
Ahlan wa Sahlan, marhaba, hello, and welcome follow you all over Jordan. While ahlan wa sahlan is usually translated, “welcome,” the phrase comes from the Arabic words for family and comfort, so “relax and make yourself at home” might be a better way to translate it. In a country where