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Eid Mubarak to all of our Muslim followers! You’ve made it to the end of Ramadan, and you may now curse during the day at any tribal “belly dancers” you may unfortunately encounter.  

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Aladdin and Jasmine

Can white people with bad tans stop being Aladdin and Jasmine????- Jess



Aladdin and Jasmine

Can white people with bad tans stop being Aladdin and Jasmine????

- Jess

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"If they destroy your Mosques raise the call to prayer from our Churches."

-Bishop of Gaza, Father Manuel.


" - Gaza # Respect  (via shirazi61)

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Anonymous inquired: "I deeply appreciate what this blog does, but as a Greek-American, I'm slightly offended by y'all's comments about white people wearing the evil eye and the hamsa. The cultural exchange that occurred while Greece was under the rule of the Ottoman Empire means that these symbols are deeply rooted in Greek culture. Although we are white, our culture shares symbols with yours and I even have stories of being teased for wearing the evil eye (called the mati in Greek) growing up, but now it's trendy."

(cont) I know it’s appropriation for most whites, particularly Western Europeans, to wear these symbols, but I’d like to ask that generalizations such as “white people aren’t allowed” aren’t used so much? Maybe “white people who don’t use these symbols culturally aren’t allowed” would be better wording? Again, I love what this blog does, but I’m proud of my heritage and I don’t want other Greek-Americans to feel like they’re appropriating. Thanks, and please don’t feel like I’m telling you how to run your blog. Keep at it y’all, you all do such great things for tumblr by putting this information out there! (p.s. I am aware of my privilege for being white, and I could never compare what I go through to y’all. I hope this didn’t come off as arrogant or rude!!)

Thank you very much for your kind words. They are very much appreciated. I think you bring up some good points. Our full explanation of the hamsa can be found in our tagged posts found (here). 

We have explained before the vast use of the hamsa symbol and how it is not strictly an Arab symbol. There are A LOT of white-passing Arabs and Arab-Americans out there, so they know that the argument of white folks appropriating the symbol doesn’t apply to them. This works for any other white-passing or racially white people who belong to a culture that has the hamsa as part of their culture. I try not to single out white people on this blog because people of all races can appropriate, but because I live in the U.S. white people are the majority race, and when I refer to white people, it’s usually the definition of white Americans or white westerners who don’t have a connection to their European roots. 


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feminist-fairy-princess inquired: "hello! culturally i was brought up in a half arab, half white household. i appreciate my background but i definitely do not know as much as i would like to. is there a particular stance on religious/cultural symbols in art? i saw a piece of art i really liked by a white artist that incorporated the hamsa and evil eye. would you mind sharing your thoughts? here's the post for your reference: releasethebatz(.)tumblr(.)com/post/92798913061"

I’m not quite sure what you mean by a stance on religious symbols and art. Many people in the Arab world integrate their religions and their ethnicities into their artwork. The only thing I can think of that would be any kind of stance would be the prohibition of drawing or recreating the likeness of any of the prophets or God in Islam. 

It’s my personal opinion that you should support Arab artists when it comes to our own religious and cultural symbols in art. When I say support, I mean by buying their work, sharing their work with others, researching their work, and so on, and so forth. There are so many talented painters, sculptors, illustrators, etc, etc in the Arab world, and it’s a damn shame when their art is ignored in the face of non-Arab artists profiting off of our culture. 


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Anonymous inquired: "the arab leaders that u all follow are the reason falasteen is not freed. you don't stand up to your own leaders. why do u even bother"


I don’t understand how people believe that the responsibility lies at the hands of Arab leaders failing to act?

What skewed expectations do you have? Why do you think a handpicked opportunist would care about you or the people of the country that isn’t even his.

In case you didn’t realize, Gaddafi, Saddam and a bunch of other goons did not hesitate to murder their own family members, you think they’ll care about Palestinians?

The responsibility lies at the hands of murderers and opportunists, not because of our meekness. 

In case you haven’t been here for the past 4 years, the Arab spring has taken the lives of 400,000+ because they stood up to their leaders.

Stop pointing fingers and get to work. Stop being naive. 

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Egyptian ladies in 40’s , the best generation .


Egyptian ladies in 40’s , the best generation .

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Algerian women. From Sahara. Look how beautiful and elegant our culture is.


Algerian women. From Sahara.
Look how beautiful and elegant our culture is.

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Anonymous inquired: "Sorry if you've answered this already but in regards to the keffiyeh, all Arabs can wear it right? Even in North African countries like Libya? Sorry again if you've answered this already but thanks in advance P.s I've been looking for a blog about arab culture for ages im glad I found this one :)"

Our keffiyeh tag has a much more extensive list of people who should and shouldn’t wear the keffiyeh. 

I know some people will consider North Africa separate from the Middle East or will consider the North African countries as separate from the Arab world, but people in North Africa have been wearing keffiyehs or similar scarves for a really long time, so they’re definitely a part of the North African culture and wardrobe. 

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"The Arabian head scarf is known as the ghutrah, shemagh, but most commonly is referred to as the keffiyeh. It is commonly worn in arid regions; usually is made of cotton and features a distinctive woven check pattern that is believed to have originated in ancient Mesopotamia. This type of headdress was used by tribesmen since the middle ages, with various colors [patterns?] related to particular tribes.

Following the First World War it was adopted as a standard headdress among Arab soldiers in the British Armed Forces including the Palestine Police Force, The Transjordan Frontier Force, the Sudan Defence Force and the Arab Legion. Most of these Jordanian based units adopted the red-and-white pattern keffiyeh, which is the style that is still used by military unites of the Jordanian Armed Forces.

The keffiyeh became the symbol of Palestine nationalism during the 1936-1939 Arab Revolt, and gained prominence with the Palestinian resistance movement. The traditional Palestinian colors of black and white were worn by such notables as Yasser Arafat, but also associated with Fatah. The red and white colors were also adopted by Palestinian Marxists.”