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Part Two-Halim Barakat

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In the second part of the interview, Halim Barakat elaborates on some of the commonalities within Arab culture across the region. He argues that culture has three major components: values, norms, customs and traditions; creative expressions, such as art and music; and Arab thought, ideology and philosophy. He stresses the importance of family, arguing that many of the values throughout the region have their roots in family structure and emphasizing the commonality of family values across the region. He argues that family values are even more important than religion, though this may not be obvious. He also argues that a sense of common identity and a desire for solidarity is more powerful among the citizenries of the Arab world than it is among the governments.




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