The Middle East Meets West The Middle East is a region that is very diverse when it comes to religion, ethnic groups, and languages. Similar to what the West is experiencing, the Middle East is currently going through a “cultural war.” Although it used to be that the Middle East was very conservative, these types of views are not as common today. Much of the Middle Eastern world is now turning towards westernization and modernization. Various cultural traditions are being swapped out for western views and opinions. The Middle East is beginning to incorporate western culture into their society. Western influence has been seen in aspects of the Middle Eastern culture such as television, fashion, and internet use. Very conservative countries, such as Saudi Arabia, are strongly against these quickly westernizing cultures because it defies their traditional cultural practices. Other Middle Eastern countries are more open to the rapidly changing beliefs and ideals. Turkey, for example, is the most liberal and secular country in the Middle East. It also has one of the fastest growing economies in the world, as well as also being modern, Muslim, and prosperous. One of the most controversial aspects of culture that is changing is Arab television. Modern soap operas are enraging deeply conservative Arab leaders. A leader from Saudi Arabia has even gone as far as calling for the death of owners of the popular program Gumus. Gumus started as a local show, quickly becoming international. It tells the story of a poor girl who married rich. The part that infuriates some leaders is the cultural taboos that are being broken. Some of these that are seen throughout the show are drinking alcohol, premarital sex, and abortion. It also depicted Muslim couples on an equal level in the workplace. Zeynep Gunay Tan, the director of the soap opera, once quoted,” These types of shows are popular because of real family themes.” Parts of the show depicting couples flirting or kissing are similar to western television, adding to the numerous cultural aspects of the Arab that are westernizing. Out of the many different social views that are continuously becoming more westernized, fashion is upon them. Women in Middle Eastern nations are required to wear some form of the Hijab. In some countries more than others, women must have a large portion of their body covered. In the more conservative nations, it is obligatory to have only the hands and a small section of the face showing. However, other nations, such as Oman, are less strict with their rules of dress. Oman, for the past three years, has been holding the Muscat Fashion Week, which lasts for three days. Every year it gets exceedingly more popular, now bringing in
those in the poor area of East London, where animals not only shared the often over crowed living area with humans but also the human waste that was thrown onto the streets. Often those who lived in the bottom apartments lived close to if not in the stench, more so than those who lived multiple stories above the streets. With the pollution of human waste in the streets and the polluted River Thames from the sewage of the West End, no matter where you lived in the East End, you still had to walk…
put an emphasis on their relationship to the world and the United States in
particular. The relationship with Israel designates the foreign policy of the United States in
regards to the rest of the Middle East. This thereby impacts foreign policy throughout the world.
“The centerpiece of U.S. Middle East policy has been its relationship with Israel. The
combination of unwavering U.S. support for Israel and the related effort to spread democracy
throughout the region has inflamed Arab and Islamic opinion…
express his views on The American Dream. In fact, the entire novel can be seen as a commentary on the subject. One symbolic way in which he shows his disenchantment with "The American Dream" is his stark contrast between the haves and the have-nots. East and West Egg are separated to show the difference between new and old money. Fitzgerald comments on the idea that The American Dream is a hoax and one must be born into money in order to reap the benefits. Gatsby, although rich on his own, will never be…
Ponyboy Curtis, a member of the greasers, a gang of poor East Side kids in Tulsa, leaves a movie theater and begins to walk home alone. A car follows him, and he suspects that it is filled with a bunch of Socs, members of rich West Side gang who recently beat up his friend Johnny. The car stops, and several Socs emerge and begin roughing Ponyboy up and try to cut off his hair. Ponyboy cries for help alert his brothers and fellow greasers, and the Socs flee. Afterward, Ponyboy's…
acknowledge Israel's right to exist
There were significant developments between 1973 and 1979. Following
the 1973 war, Israel realised it urgently needed to explore ways of
achieving peace with its neighbours as the balance of power in the
Middle East had shifted in the direction of the Arabs.
The Arab-Israeli resolution has become important for international
communities e.g. USA, Soviet Union. The Persian Gulf, oil region is
critically important to the world economy - Europe imports 85%…
British and Canadians fought alongside many Indian soldiers as well. It was expected that the battalions wouldn’t face any hand-to-hand combat but when the Japanese launched a series of attacks on Hong Kong the battalions were thrown right in the middle of battle with the Japanese 38th division.
The Japanese attack began shortly after 8 in the morning on December 8, 1941, just hours after the attack of Pearl Harbor. The attack was not after a declaration of war therefore, violation of international…
19th century in West Egg, a part of Long Island, where those who have recently made their fortunes live. Neighboring West Egg is East Egg, where the more conservative upper-class live. Nick Carraway had just arrived to live there from Minnesota and has found his neighboring house to be a extravagant Gothic mansion making his modest house look small comparison. It is at Gatsby's house where weekly parties are held every Saturday night that Carraway realizes the lifestyle of the East Coast can be both…
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Why study World History?
•To understand the human community
•To contextualize the Nation State
•The get the big picture – the themes that permeate history but are not
always apparent in local or national history…
of globalization. The cultural enrichment that I have experienced from living in two states outside of my home state and the five years that I have spent living and working in Asia have shaped my views and was the cornerstone that has allowed me to meet my full potential.
Keywords: culture exchange, opportunities for minorities, less restrictive exchange of information, loss of identity, drain and exhaust of resources, epidemics and terrorism.
The fall of the Berlin Wall…
The cross-cultural encounter between Europe and Africa began as Europe aggressively initiated an era of exploration of Africa south of the great savanna. Europe's curiosity, exploration and greed transformed the history of African people. In the study of the cultural history of Africa, much innovation has been attributed to outside origins and influences. Historians and archaeologists have learned a great deal about the developments that emerged from the European influence in Africa. The age of exploration…