Cultures of the East and West
“A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people” – Mahatma Gandhi. Culture is the arts and the other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively. Born and raised in Bahrain and then later shifting to the US, I have experienced and observed the elements of Middle Eastern and Western culture. Traditionally these two cultures are different, beautifully unique, and they still share the same definition of culture. After the unfortunate incident of September 11 and series of events that followed, there had been a steady rise of misunderstandings by a vast majority of people about these two cultures. The news media has played a large part on the thoughts of people about the relations of the two cultures. As a consequence, these two cultures have politically been facing each other as opposition and are stereotypically seen as the extremes in the cultural spectrum. If we try to understand the beauty of the Eastern and Western cultures, we would appreciate and respect the elements of these cultures as a whole.
The Middle Eastern culture resides in the Asian region called the Middle East which consists of 18 countries. Although their traditional language is Arabic (with various dialects), English is vastly spoken throughout the region due to the diversity of people in the countries. The Middle Eastern culture has its roots connected to Islamic history and tradition. Even after commercial advancements and economic growth, the countries, for example Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, etc., have their traditions preserved. On the other hand, the Western culture which is greatly influenced by the United States of America is one of the most prominent cultures in the world. It also influences Australia and a large part of Europe. Wherever Western culture exists, it is at least partially mixed, and often largely mixed with non-Western culture.
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