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Author Archives: Ani Karapetyan

Arab Pioneers in South-Western Saskatchewan

By: Habeeb Salloum/Arab America Contributing Writer From the East they came; men searching for a better life. Leaving their Syrian villages behind, they landed in New York – the American port of entry where millions of immigrants had once poured into the United States. From there they worked their way westward. Toiling as labourers or … Continued

The Ancient Egyptian Drink of the Pharaohs: Hibiscus Tea- Karkadeh

By: Blanche Shaheen/Arab America Contributing Writer We can learn a lot from ancient civilizations, as they intuitively knew that food and drink can have dual medicinal value, and the Pharaohs of Egypt were no exception. Hibiscus tea, otherwise known as Karkadéh, was the preferred drink of the pharaohs, and the popularity of this beverage continues … Continued

The Lure of Mysterious Damascus

By: Habeeb Salloum/Arab America Contributing Writer The Byzantine Emperor Justinian called it ‘the light of the orient’, and the writer Maurice Barres is reported to have said ‘Damascus is not a mere area of land, it is the place of the soul’.  The Prophet Muhammad reportedly refused to enter the city which he labelled ‘Heaven … Continued

The Most Ancient and Healthiest Oil Known to Man

By: Habeeb Salloum/Arab America Contributing Writer Middle Eastern folkloric tales assert that the olive tree was first grown in the Garden of Eden. Hence, man has known this food producing plant since the dawn of civilization. In the countries edging the eastern Mediterranean, it has been renowned for its fruit whose oil lit the lamps of … Continued

Tomatoes: The Most Versatile Food of Mankind

By: Habeeb Salloum/Arab America Contributing Writer At one time, the most reviled fruit in the vegetable world, tomatoes are now a much sought-after garden produce. Among the vegetables grown in North America, they rank second to potatoes in popularity.  This once despised pulpy red or yellow fruit, eaten as a vegetable, is one of the … Continued

Loubia – Arab Style Green Beans

By: Blanche Shaheen/Arab America Contributing Writer There is a subset of society that truly loathes green beans, perhaps from being forced to eat mushy and tasteless green beans from a can as children, or biting into tough and stringy beans the consistency of hay. Regardless, Arabs of the Levant have learned how to make vegetables … Continued

Sana’a’s Traditional Homes – A Picture out of the Arabian Nights

By: Habeeb Salloum/Arab America Contributing Writer A traveller once described the fascinating old towering homes of Sana’a, Yemen’s capital, as ‘huge cakes, lavishly decorated for an important reception’ for when one first sets eyes on these closely packed majestic abodes with their picturesque outside decorations, they appear to be unlike any other in the world.  … Continued

Halawet El Jibn- Sweet Syrian Cheese Rolls

By: Blanche Shaheen/Arab America Contributing Writer It all began in the 1870s with a sweets vendor in Hama Syria. The patriarch of the Salloura family figured out a way to make sweet cheese pancakes rolled around sweet cream,  called Halawet El Jibn, which in Arabic means “sweetness of the cheese.”  The cheese rolls were scented … Continued

The Medieval Schools of Fez – Morocco’s Intellectual Heritage

By: Habeeb Salloum/Arab America Contributing Writer Called the ‘Holy City of Morocco’, Fez is, above all, noted for its Qarawiyin mosque – the symbol of the country’s intellectual life and its most prestigious historic site.  For more than eleven hundred years it has been the haven for Islamic scholars and religious officials.  Enhancing this aura … Continued

Captivating Seville: Spain’s City of Moors and Flowers

By: Habeeb Salloum/Arab America Contributing Writer I was almost exhausted as I laboured up the last few steps of the Giralda – Seville’s most outstanding monument.  A former minaret of that city’s once Grand Mosque, it appeared, after a ten-minute climb, to reach for the sky and its top an almost unattainable goal.  Yet, I … Continued

A Blueprint for Travelling

By: Habeeb Salloum/Arab America Contributing Writer When I begin to design a blueprint for my vacation, like a kaleidoscope of moving colours, past travels begin to crystallize in my mind.  Always, it is as if a ‘Pandora’s Box’ of thrills opens before me.  I become excited as I begin to prepare for my holiday. So, … Continued

Palestinian Style Eggs- Comfort for Breakfast

By: Blanche Shaheen/Arab America Contributing Writer Nothing says comfort like a plate of warm scrambled eggs and roasted potatoes for breakfast. While there are thousands of variations for each of these ingredients, Palestinians have their own special niche in this beloved breakfast combination. “Baid O Batata,” which literally means eggs and potatoes in Arabic, is … Continued

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