Arabic Culture

Abdullah Al-Baradouni: A Biogr…

November 24, 2018 Arabic Culture,Literature
Abdullah Al-Baradouni: A Biography عَبْدُ الله البَرَدُونِي: سِيْرَة ذَاتِية Born in 1929 in Baradoun village in Dhamar ذَمَار governorate (province), Abdullah Al-Baradouni عَبْدُ الله البَرَدُونِي is a renowned Yemeni…

Yemen: Customs, Traditions, an…

Yemen: Customs, Traditions, and More Compared to other Arab countries, Yemen is the least affected by globalization. If one seeks to experience genuine Arabic culture, Yemen can’t be beat linguistically, culturally, and…

Kazim Al-Sahir

November 16, 2018 Arabic Culture,Music
Kazim Al-Sahir كَاظِم السَّاهِر Born in Mosul, Iraq, in 1957, Kazim(*) Al-Sahir كَاظِم السَّاهِر is one of the most noted singers in the Arab World الوَطْنِ العَرَبِي. He is also a composer and a song writer. Living…

What is Islam?

November 13, 2018 Arabic Culture,Religion
What is Islam? Islam is the submission to Allah, that is to submit one’s soul, destiny, all matters to Him. A man may feel that no one on earth or the heavens above has authority over him, and that he has the freedom to…

Ali Ahmed Bakatheer

November 6, 2018 Arabic Culture,Literature
Ali Ahmed Bakatheer عَلِي أَحْمَد بَاكَثِيْر [caption id="attachment_568" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Ali Ahmed Bakatheer عَلِي أَحْمَد بَاكَثِيْر[/caption]Born in Surabaya Indonesia in 1910, Ali Ahmed Bakathe…

Shafoot: A Starter Yemeni Dish

November 5, 2018 Arabic Culture,Food
Shafoot شَفُوْت: A Starter Yemeni Dish saltah سَلْتَة, faHsah فَحْسَة, mandi مَنْدِي, fattah فَتَّة, sousi سُوْسِي, ‘aSiiT عَصِيْد, bint aS-SaHn بِنْت الصَّحْن and shafoot شَفُوت are very popular local dishes that are u…

Pre-Islamic Beliefs of Arabs

November 4, 2018 Arabic Culture,Religion
In the pre-Islamic period or Jahiliyyah الجَاهِلِيَّة, Arabs were not all monotheists. Like many other nations at the time, they had more than one faith دَيَانَة. Quraish قُرِيْش and neighboring tribes were principally p…

Sherine Abdel-Wahab

October 30, 2018 Arabic Culture,Music
In this post, some differences between Egyptian dialect and MSA (Modern Standard Arabic) are highlighted through a song by a popular Egyptian singer, Sherine Abdel-Wahab. The song is called حُبُه جَنَّة ‘his love is heav…

Origins of Islamic Political I…

October 24, 2018 Arabic Culture,Religion
Following the death of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), there was never a discord about the essence of Islam. The pillars of Islam, the Quran, the matters of worship, and all other principles that guided and organized Muslim…

A Taste of Yemeni and Arabic O…

October 9, 2018 Arabic Culture,Music
This post gives a taste of Yemeni and Arabic oud music. العُوْد ‘the oud’ is a musical instrument used in the Middle East and North Africa. Its name was derived from the Arabic word عُوْد ‘a piece of wood’ as it is …
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