Culture and Customs of Jordan

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007 - Social Science - 131 pages
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After a solid overview of the land, people, and history in Chapter 1, Chapter 2 covers religion. Jordan is still a conservative Muslim state, with a Sunni Muslim majority, that retains good relations with its citizens of other faiths. The discussion of literature and media in Chapter 3 emphasizes the pan-Arabic tradition. In Chapter 4, architecture, art, and traditional crafts in Jordan are shown to be linked to the history of the country and its religious and ethnic diversity. In Chapter 5, the cuisine and culture reveal inspiration from the region of Greater Syria. In the Gender, Marriage, and Family chapter, Shoup looks at the conservative and powerful family and changing women's roles. Highlighted in the Social Customs chapter are the topics of honor, shame, and respect, social clubs, and more on women's roles in the middle class. A final chapter on Music and Dance covers everything from their Bedouin roots to Arab rap.

 

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Contents

1 Land People and History of Jordan
1
2 Religion and World View
29
3 Literature and Media
45
4 Architecture Art and Traditional Crafts
55
5 Traditional Cuisine and Costume
71
6 Gender Marriage and Family
87
7 Social Customs and Lifestyle
99
8 Music and Dance
109
Glossary
117
Bibliography
125
Index
129
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JOHN A. SHOUP is Associate Professor of anthropology at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco.

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