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

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CHAPTER 16THE ARAB COUNTRIES IN THE ARABIAN PENINSULA

The Arabian Peninsula is the homeland of the Semitic Arabian people, in the true ethnic sense. This region has had the least contact with foreigners and is the most conservative in its traditions. In the Peninsula (called Al-Jazeera in Arabic), by law the men wear the long robe and head cloth (“the national dress”) on official occasions and at work. Women wear long dresses and add a covering cloak when in public. Veiling (full face cover) is common in this region, but it is not universal. Veiling is required by law only in Saudi Arabia.

The Peninsula can be divided into three distinct regions: Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and the Arabian Gulf states. Saudi Arabia is rich (although less so than before), ...

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