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Culture of the Middle East and North Africa


The Near East Today: Customs, Language, Celebrities

History of the Middle East and North Africa

The Ancient Near East

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Culture of the Middle East and North Africa

This menu leads to information about the culture of the Middle East and North Africa, both past and present, as follows:

  • The Near East Today. Learn a bit of introductory information about the Arabic language and customs in the Near East.
  • History of the Near East. Gain a perspective on past events that have shaped the Near East as we know it today.
  • The Ancient Near East. For those who are fascinated by ancient myths, legends, art, and lifestyles.
  • Culture Section Index. Browse this entire "Culture" section of on a single sitemap page, rather than navigating your way through these menus.



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