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Understanding Arabs, Fifth Edition: A Contemporary Guide to Arab Society by Margaret Nydell

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CHAPTER 5MEN AND WOMEN

In Arab society the nature of interaction between men and women depends on the situation. Continual interaction is expected at work or in professional situations, although it remains reserved by Western standards, and in Saudi Arabia it is actually restricted. However, in social situations, interaction between men and women is very carefully controlled. The degree of control differs among Arab countries, depending on their relative conservatism, but nowhere is it as free and casual as it is in Western societies.

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The maintenance of family honor is one of the highest values in Arab society. Many Westerners ...

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