Thursday, January 28, 2016

Why the Arab world?

Reflection 1:

This past year I was introduced to the Arab world in a political approach. Although the Middle East is not necessarily the Arab world, it does entail a lot of cultural aspects the Arab world values. My course in the politics of the Middle East made me want to do more research on the history and lives of people in the Arab speaking countries. I love the rich culture these people in the Arab world share, not only linguistic but also a lot of similarities in values and the social aspects. Prior to the 9/11 attacks I honestly did not know anything about these regions of the world. The fact that the 9/11 attacks happened when I was 7 years old has really helped me not be too judgmental towards Arabic people. Growing up, I would always see people tie the Arab people to the awful terrorist groups that attacked the United States. I did not let other peoples views to cloud my thoughts on the people in the Arab world. I am grateful for getting the opportunity to come to college and actually expand my mind by doing research and answering a few questions I had about the Arab people. One important thing I learnt was that Arabs are not all Muslims and that not all Muslims are terrorists. This is one thing that the society I live in fails to realize, but hopefully in time it will.