The definitive guide to understanding Arab culture for three decades.
For nearly three decades, diplomats, students, business people and governments have relied on Dr. Margaret Nydell's seminal work as the essential guide to comprehending an immensely varied culture. Covering all aspects of Arab life, from religion and society to social norms and communication styles, this all-encompassing guide reveals what the often misunderstood Arab culture is really like.
Each chapter, including the examples, all statistics and charts, and each country overview has been extensively updated to reflect current events. This candid and readable guide for non-specialists promotes understanding between modern-day Arabs and Westerners without pushing a political agenda. It beautifully captures the contrasts and characteristics of a great, largely misunderstood civilization and brings them vividly to life.
This highly anticipated sixth edition features completely new material in the following sections:
Introduction: "Patterns of Change,"
Chapter 5, "Men and Women" - changes in women's rights
Chapter 11, "Islamic Fundamentalism," and the inclusion of ISIS
Chapter 12, "Anti-Americanism," including implications for Europe
Chapter 13, "Arabs and Muslims in the West"
Chapters 14, 15, and 16, "Arab Countries"
Quercus; May 2018
- ISBN: 9781473690899
- Read online, or download in secure ePub format
- Title: Understanding Arabs, 6th Edition
- Author: Margaret K. Nydell
Imprint: Nicholas Brealey
In The Press
For fifteen years, Margaret Nydell's Understanding Arabs has been used by countless Americans preparing to work or live in the Arab world. It is a unique source; there is nothing like it. Written with wit as well as seriousness, it provides a sound cultural appreciation and basic data on the region... Her personal message of the tragic events of September 11 should be required reading by all who make decisions or write commentary on the Arab world.—Max L. Gross, Joint Military Intelligence College
About The Author
Dr. Margaret Nydell is a widely respected scholar and professor of Modern Standard Arabic, Arabic dialectology, and many Arabic regional dialects. She was an Arabic linguist for the Foreign Service Institute and the U.S. Department of State, and has directed the latter s School of Advanced Arabic Training in Tunisia. The author of ten books, she currently lectures on Arab cultural orientation for numerous government and private organizations. Dr. Nydell holds a master s degree in Arabic and a PhD in applied linguistics, both from Georgetown University. She has lived and worked in Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Cairo.