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Author Archives: Christian Jimenez

The Third Islamic Division and the History of Oman

By: Christian Jimenez/Arab America Contributing Writer When most people think of the major divisions of Islam, they usually think of the two major sects of the Shias and Sunnis who have fought over Prophet Muhammad’s successor.  However, did you know that there is a existing smaller third sect, and that it is intertwined with the … Continued

The Leopards of Arabia

By: Christian Jimenez/Arab America Contributing Writer Throughout millennia, humanity has always had conflict and fascination with the dominant predator on Earth – the big cat. In particular, there is the magnificent leopard which is one of the fiercest predators on Earth that is renowned for its beauty and strength.  Today, when most people think of … Continued

Egypt’s First Monotheist: Akhenaten

By: Christian Jimenez/Arab America Contributing Writer When we think of the Egyptian Pantheon, we think of the gods of Ra, Isis, and Amun. We generally think of Ancient Egyptian society as polytheistic, worshiping the many gods of the Nile, the Sun, Death, Fertility, etc.  However, there was one Egyptian Pharaoh who broke this trend.  His … Continued

The City of Carthage, Tunisia’s Ancient Past

By: Christian Jimenez/Arab America Contributing Writer When people think of Tunisia, they think of the Arab Spring or the years under French colonial rule.  However, Tunisia’s history is much broader than this. Their history dates to the time of antiquity when one of the greatest North African Empires, Carthage, strongly stood. This nation challenged the all-mighty … Continued

UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Mauritania

By: Christian Jimenez/Arab America Contributing Writer When people think of the Arab World they associate it with countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, or Iraq.  However, the land that the Arabs call home is much larger, stretching from the borders of Iraq all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Yet there is one specific country … Continued

The History of Arab-Cubans: When Did They Arrive?

By: Christian Jimenez/Arab America Contributing Writer The history of Cuba has always been a complex and multi-ethnic one where stories have played out between indigenous people, the Spanish, and Afro-Cubans. However, did you know that there was another group that has had an impact on the country’s history and culture? If you guessed they were … Continued

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