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This slide show was created by students enrolled in the Global Agenda class, simultaneously taught at the University of Delaware in the USA and Zayed University in Dubai, UAE. The "perceptions" were ...

This slide show was created by students enrolled in the Global Agenda class, simultaneously taught at the University of Delaware in the USA and Zayed University in Dubai, UAE. The "perceptions" were not collected in any scientific fashion, but rather by informal surveys.

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  • How Americans and arabs see each other…and how it actually is
    Cross Cultural Perceptions
  • Arab Perceptions of the American Family
    “It’s like a scene from Desperate Housewives.”
  • Arab Perceptions
    American Reality
    Upper Middle Class
    2 Parents, 3 Children
    Disconnected from Religion
    Focus on Education
    Median Income: $63,211
    Average Household: 2.61 people; 21.4% married parents with children
    51% attend religious services at least once a month; 84% say religion is important
    84.5% have a high school degree or higher
    A Look at the American Family
  • American Perceptions of the Arab Family
    “Tight knit, larger than Western families, almost clan or tribal in basis.”
  • American Perceptions
    Arab Reality
    Very traditional and patriarchal
    Tight-knit and very close
    Religion oriented
    Father is “always the provider;” sons have more freedom than daughters
    Women are housewives, with hired help to run the household
    Close relationships among siblings; meals with extended family weekly
    A Look at the Arab Family
  • Arab Views of American Women’s Rights
    “Women are empowered in America, but not to their full potential.”
  • Arab Perceptions
    American Reality
    Legally, women are equal to men
    Women are mostly empowered
    Some belief that it’s still a male dominated nation
    Men and women are legally equal
    55.4% of women have at least some college education; 54.4% of men do
    72.1% of women and 83.5% of men are in the work force
    American Women
  • American’s Views of Arab Women’s Rights
    “They have the right to get married and have kids. And get stoned to death.”
  • American Views
    Arab Reality
    Forced to dress conservatively, often covering faces
    Can’t work, go to school, drive
    Dependent on country
    Dependent on country, but in the UAE covering is a choice
    Women’s universities are present in the UAE; women can work and keep the money they make
    Rights are drastically increasing in the UAE
    Arab Women
  • Arab’s Views of American Romantic Relationships
    “It is considered a ‘shame’ if a female graduates high school and is still a virgin.”
  • Arab Views
    American Reality
    Sex dictates American relationships
    Relationships start early and teens are sexually promiscuous
    Marriage and love are secondary to physical attraction
    Only 2% say sex is the key component in a successful relationship
    48% of teens have sex before graduating high school
    50.2% of people 15 and older are married; over 34% of people between 20 and 34 are married
    American Relationships
  • American’s Views of Arab Romantic Relationships
    “As far as I know, most relationships are arranged. The father of a female will search for a male partner for his daughter. She does not really have a say in who she marries.”
  • American Views
    Arab Reality
    Arranged marriages
    Dating is prohibited or secret
    “Love” is absent
    Mostly arranged marriages, increasingly for love
    Dating occurs, but privately; can bring “shame” to the family
    Love is increasingly a reason for marriage
    Arab Relationships
  • Information Sources
    Quotes were collected in the open-ended surveys that were distributed in the USA and the UAE
    Statistics were collected using the Roper Center’s iPolland the US Census Bureau website