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Druze Religion
The Druze are a religious group residing mainly in Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan. It began as an offshoot of Islam but is unique in its incorporation of Gnosticism, Christianity, Neoplatonism and other philosophies, and is most similar to the Ismaili Shi'a sect of Islam.

Enjoying Syria
Syria, the ancient land filled with stunning sites, preserved ruins, and amazingly hospitable people is a secret jewel for visitors to the Middle East. Enjoy a cup of coffee while getting a five-minute glimpse of Syrian culture.

Facial Hair and Scarves in Turkey
Men's facial hair in Turkey makes a political or religious statement. Understand the meaning of length of mustache and beard to understand both culture. Women's scarves also have significant meaning.

Greetings and Politeness in Dari
The two official languages of Afghanistan are Pashto and Dari. Dari stems from Persian Farsi, which is spoken in Iran and other Middle Eastern countries. Need a kick start on your Dari language skills? Check out these basic words and phrases.

How to Make Turkish Coffee
Turkish coffee plays an important part in Turkish culture. Learn how to make Turkish coffee and understand its role in Turkish life.

Hummus Recipe
Need to know how to make hummus? A reliable hummus recipe anyone can try at home. There is nothing as good as homemade hummus!

Introduction to Islam
How to understand your Muslim friend by understanding the basics of Islam.

Islamic Calligraphy
Islamic calligraphy is the oldest and most revered of the Islamic arts. There are different styles of Islamic calligraphy, each used for a unique and specific purpose.

Key Cultural and Social Values in the Middle East
A comparison of cultural and social values in Western and Middle Eastern cultures.

King Midas: Not Just a Greek Myth
Imagine our surprise to learn that King Midas, the mythological King whose touch turned everything to gold, actually lived in an ancient town not far from Ankara, the capital of Turkey.

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