Advancing theological and scientific literacy for today’s ʿulamāʾ
2.1.2 Global Connections: The Middle East
Culture, a shared set of traditions, belief systems, and behaviors, is shaped by history, religion, ethnic identity, language, and nationality, among other factors. The Middle East consists of approximately 20 countries, with many different religions and a variety of ethnic and linguistic groups. Given this diversity, we should not be surprised to find a multitude of different cultures coexisting in the region (PBS).
This webpage provides a brief and accessible window into the cultures of the geographic Middle East. It is curated by the US Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) to showcase the diversity of cultures in the Islamic heartlands. Not only is the Middle East the birthplace of the three major Abrahamic traditions–Judaism, Christianity, and Islam–we see that each of these are embedded within rich cultural systems tied to diverse histories and geographies. The piece also attempts to isolate cultural patterns common to all traditions of the region such as family values. You are welcome to browse through related entries from the side menu.
The Madrasa Discourses project proposes that a conciliation of traditional Islamic thought with contemporary scientific and philosophical worldviews can result in orthodox affirmations of human dignity essential for peaceful coexistence in a pluralistic world.