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PHOTO CREDIT: Above photo by John Rickman Photography, San Jose, California.

The Middle East and North Africa Today


Table of Contents



General Cultural Notes

ABOUT THE PHOTO: This sketch of Shagaret el Dor was scanned from a 1966 Lebanese book titled Saladin: The Story of the Conflict Between East and West During the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries AD.



The Arabic Language

Resources for Learning Arabic




Cinema and Theatrical Stage

Movie Posters and Ads

Actors, Actresses, Producers

Hind Rostom



Family Life

ABOUT THE PHOTO: This diorama at the Agricultural Museum in Cairo depicts what a rural wedding in Egypt would have looked like in the 1950's. This photo was taken in 2016. Shortly after the photo was taken, the museum was closed for renovation. As of 2019, I don't know whether the museum has reopened, or whether the diorama is still there. I hope so because I really liked the view it gave into rural Egyptian history. Photo copyright 2016 by Shira, all rights reserved.



Food and Drink



ABOUT THE PHOTO: This photo was taken at Felfela restaurant in Cairo. It shows a glass of strawberry juice on the left, and a glass of mango juice on the right. Photo copyright 2017 by Shira, all rights reserved.



Holidays, Festivals, and Moulids

Although some of these are celebrated worldwide, the articles in this section are particularly based on how they are observed in Egypt. That's largely because I know Egypt better than I know other places where these celebrations may also occur.


Other Festivals




Here on This Web Site

On My Travel Blog

These links will take you to posts in my travel blog about Egypt, which is on a different web site at

Farida Fahmy




These links will take you to posts in my travel blog about Morocco, which is on a different web site at

Essaouira, Morocco



Reviews of Books & Videos About Culture

Documentary Videos About Culture


Movies from the Arab World





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