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CultureShock! Saudi Arabia by Peter North

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‘A terrorist is someone who has a bomb but doesn’t have an air force.’—William Blum, in his book Rogue State

 

 

 

 

 

THE CULTURAL DIVIDE

Rudyard Kipling, the great 19th century Anglo-Indian author once remarked ‘west is west and east is east, and never the twain shall meet’. As many writers have observed, in no region of the world do Western and Eastern cultures clash so abruptly as in the great cultural melting pot of the Middle East.

On the surface, the culture of Western consumerism seems alive and well in Saudi Arabia as in most places. ...

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