I was studying Arab culture and being given advice on how to respect the working culture of Arabs and Muslims.
Obviously a huge topic.
Its a rich culture i admire and want to learn more about.
But one thing that constantly came up (and for Arab Jews Mizrahim/Christians also) was the idea of 'Honor'.
Infact Mizrahiam and Ashkenazi in Israel often have cultural differences because of this concept of honor etc. Ashkenazim can appear rude or curt or blunt when they think they are being forthright or lacking in loyalty or more accurately SENSITIVITY TO LOYALTY..
In particular that Arabs feel the west has insulted and shamed their culture.
The concept of 'face' and 'saving face'
I and my brothers against my cousins; I and my cousins against the stranger.
Honor is easily offended.Never refuse a gift etc. Never question the value of a gift or a gift that someone else gives an Arab you know.
Middle eastern notions of honor and insult appear to be different slightly.
One type of honor 'Sharaf' applies only to men. This means respecting their opinions.
It has often been said Arabs strive for honor NOT success or winning. They don't love to win they love honor.
I think this is a good thing. I think it's lacking in our culture etc. Taking pride in honor etc.
Can anyone elaborate?