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The Arab World: Meaning, Identity, and Discovery

  • Summer Institute for Intercultural Comunication Portland, OR USA (map)

Who are the real Arabs? Fairy-tale rich bedouins or fanatical terrorists?  What else is out there besides the wealth, the violence and the so-called incomprehensible Islam? We will lift the veil of the pervasive reductionist perspectives on the Arab region and its people in these highly polarizing times, by providing deeper insights into the complex experience we call the Arab world. We will explore the kaleidoscope of Arab identities and their core values, learn about the primary communication patterns and negotiation strategies, and compare local business practices of public and private institutions. We will also look at the Western world through an Arab lens. We invite you on an experiential learning journey that will engage your mind as well as your senses. Taught by an Arab Muslim and a Slovakian expatriate in Egypt, the course will use both an anthropological and an intercultural perspective.

Designed for: Anyone interested in deeper understanding of the Arab world and its  peoples  for professional and/or personal reasons: educators and students, business people, administrators, study abroad professionals, and developmental workers, to name a few.

Taught & co-facilitated with Sherifa Fayez.