The Bonds of Pride

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  • This program explores the nature of the Arab identity and the main cultural ties that hold the Arab world together - language, the Koran, historical vision, literature and poetry, and humor. Cultural diversity among various Arab groups is examined, along with the role of women in Islamic society. Methods of education - the ancient Arab technique stressing memory versus more modern methods introduced during the period of European colonization - are compared.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on March 19, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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  • Introduction to Discussion & Experts (1:23) -- Defining "Arab" (1:37) -- Arabic Language (1:05) -- Political Maneuvering & Language (0:57) -- Arab Self-Identification (1:03) -- Experts on Their Own Arab Roots (2:41) -- Arab Humor (0:42) -- Arab Women's Head Scarves (1:45) -- Women's Rights in Arab Culture (2:00) -- Adultery & Divorce in Islam (2:04) -- Arabic Education (2:33) -- Arab Girls' Education (1:18) -- Arabs as Political Outsiders (1:22) -- Arabs' Perceptions of the West (1:47) -- Seeing Beyond Stereotypes (2:45) -- Credits: The Bonds of Pride (1:20)
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