Culturally Speaking:

Promoting Cross-Cultural Awareness in a Post-9/11 World

About Culturally Speaking

Culture is like the air we breathe; it cannot be seen, but it is there. And it is essential to life.

As custodians of cultures and moral character, we have a responsibility to shape and protect those cultures. So, exactly how do we go about that? How do we promote a healthy culture to our children, neighbors and society overall?

The Middle East is a large, diverse region where not only the status of women varies significantly from country to country, but also within the culture. Culturally Speaking focuses on the Arab Muslims of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and the misunderstandings that Americans have of them.

Through a compilation of interviews, Midwest American Christians and Bahraini Arab Muslims discuss:
  • interplay of religion and culture
  • hijab
  • media bias
  • women's empowerment
  • views of the Iraq war 
  • Arab marriage selection patterns

Through these conversations, the author identified eleven of the most heard generalizations each group had about the other, and allowed those "myths" to be discussed from personal points of view.

There is profound ignorance on both sides between what we know to be true and what we choose to believe. Can you be open-minded and less judgmental?