ERIC Number: ED136604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
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Cultural Clues to the Middle Eastern Student. Occasional Paper No. 2.
Parker, Orin D.; And Others
This paper discusses characteristics common to all Middle Eastern students with the exception of Israelis, and addresses itself to those working with Middle Eastern students on American college and university campuses. Middle Eastern students will show themselves to be highly adaptable, but they may demonstrate a formality of manner, particularly in initial social relationships, and a distrust of foreigners. Salient characteristics include respect for parents and elders, pride in one's heritage, and an attitude of fatalism conditioned by religious beliefs. Personal relationships are important and demand commitment, and the use of particular language forms, especially in formal situations, has significance. Needs particular to the Middle Eastern student include respect for his or her culture, close personal relationships or friendships, relaxed social relationships, hospitality accompanied by the offering of food, interaction with fellow Arabs, having a mentor from the same background, and having a satisfactory relationship with faculty and administration advisors. (CLK)
Descriptors: Arabs, Attitudes, Cultural Background, Cultural Traits, Foreign Culture, Foreign Students, Higher Education, Interaction, Islamic Culture, Language Usage, Life Style, Non Western Civilization, Religion, Sociocultural Patterns, Student Attitudes, Student Needs, Values
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: American Friends of the Middle East, Inc., Washington, DC.