By: Caroline Umphlet / Arab America Contributing Writer Koshari (كشري) is Egypt’s national dish and is quite popular on the street. Koshari actually originated first from India. It is believed that the British brought Kosahri from India to Egypt in the late 1800s. A basic koshari dish entails a mixture of rice, brown lentils, noodles, … Continued
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The Nile is home to a great diversity of villages and communities along the whole river, one of which being a cluster of islands that specialize in beekeeping and producing honey. Beekeeping, also known as apiculture, has been traced back to 3500 BC and continues today on the agricultural islands on the Nile River.
The Galabeya is a traditional and historical part of Egyptian culture. Mostly seen in the Nile Valley but stretching to Upper Egypt, this attire has been worn in farming communities for hundreds of years.
By: Caroline Umphlet / Arab America Contributing Writer Khan al-Khalili is the most famous market in Egypt, and even one of the oldest open-air markets in the entire Arab World. Located in the heart of old Islamic Cairo, it stretches about half a square mile and is easily walkable from end to end. The market … Continued
By: Caroline Umphlet / Arab America Contributing Writer The hijab, a religious headscarf, is worn by Muslim women to cover their hair and neck. It is an expression of their faith and personal relationship with God and it symbolizes modesty and privacy in Islam. Ultimately, it is the woman’s choice on whether she prefers to … Continued
A list of 10 culture shocks from an American student while studying abroad and living in Egypt for 5 months.
Have you worried about having vegetarian or vegan options at a restaurant with family or friends? Arab food actually has an impressive array of options for a vegetarian diet. Despite many popular arab foods including meat, there are traditional meals that are perfectly hearty and healthy without it. You will still be stuffed to the brim after grabbing seconds and thirds at any Arab household or restaurant.
By: Caroline Umphlet / Arab America Contributing Writer We all know of the famous Arab singers like Umm Kulthum, Fayrouz, Amr Diab, and others who the Arab World worship. Their legacies are almost impossible to top. However, Arab Rap and Hip-hop is becoming an increasingly popular genre among the younger population. Brief History Rap as … Continued
Living up to its daunting nickname, Fesikh (فِسيخ) is an ancient and traditional Egyptian dish that is actually deadly. The dish is usually prepared for the celebration called Sham el-Nassim or Eid al-Rabiya. The fish can then be served with lemon, green peppers, maybe a salad, bread, or other preferred sides. The fish is thoroughly cleaned and left in the dark in salt and other seasonings for 10-15 days, some recipes call for up to 21 days or even a whole year! It is safe, if done correctly, to eat it raw because the salt prevents rotting and essentially “cooks” the meat. Some countries do fry, roast, or grill it after the salt, but it is more traditionally Egyptian to eat it raw. It is highly advised to not prepare this meal if you are not familiar with it, given the risks.
By: Caroline Umphlet / Arab America Contributing Writer Bamiya (البامية) stew is a favorite among Egyptians and across the Arab world. It can be enjoyed throughout the year as a comforting and hearty meal. There are numerous variations, of course. Using lamb or venison meat requires a longer cooking time to soften the meat. To … Continued
By: Caroline Umphlet / Arab America Contributing Writer The online world is expanding every day. We can order groceries, furniture, and practically any item we want right to our doorstep with the click of a button or two. The globe has maneuvered around the pandemic by switching jobs, classes, and even entire companies to an … Continued
By: Caroline Umphlet / Arab America Contributing Writer The Arab World is breaking records regarding cryptocurrency. Some countries are opening their economic sphere to further develop the digital means of exchange, while others are not so ready to switch over. Currently, creating a space for cryptocurrency to be successful is not highly prioritized by Arab … Continued
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