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Teaching About Cultures of the Arab World Through Food!

This is session 3 of 10 of the 2015 Arabic Summer Institute by Qatar Foundation International. This is a presentation on the incorporation of food into the classroom when teaching language and culture led by Primary Source's (https://www.primarysource.org/) Barbara Petzen. The session is divided as follows:

0:00-5:00
-Food as a tool for Cultural Immersion, Teaching
—How do we learn about other cultures by learning deep meanings behind food?
—Food & Politics

-History of Food
—Bedouin tradition, hospitality
—Ahlan wa Sahlan

5:00-10:00
-Discussion of Hospitality in Arab Culture

-Presentation of 3 drinks
—Karkade, Arabic Coffee, Moroccan Tea

-Karkade,
—refreshing cold drink popular in Egypt; red in color, hibiscus flavoring

10:00-15:00
-Arabic Coffee,
—differs in preparation methods, ingredients across the Arab world
—Uses in cultural events, ceremony

15:00-20:00
-Moroccan Tea
—Very sweet, Green/White Tea
—Process of making tea

20:00-25:00
-Dates
—Date Palm Trees, various uses

25:00-30:00
-Dates
—Date fruit, various methods of consumption

30:00-35:00
-Stuffed Dates, Prepared and served

35:00-40:00
-Importance of dates in the month of Ramadan

40:00-45:00
-Moroccan Chicken prepared

45:00-55:00
-Rice prepared with date syrup

-Rose water and Saffron mixture

55:00-1:05
-Rich dishes and the “Ramadan Diet”
—Variety in the food experience

-Food as medicine

-Why teach with food?
—Geography

1:05-1:10
-Cultural connections visible in food

1:10-1:15
-Food and Family
-Food and Gender

1:15-1:20
-Food and Community
—Grape leaves, tradition

-Comparison in culinary traditions
—Europe vs. Arab world; fuel use in cooking
—Creativity in cooking in an arid climate

1:20-1:26
-How can we teach students about Arab food without making it seem exotic and inaccessible?
—Goal; make the food familiar
-Meal served

Contributor
CooperJameson
Source
Qatar Foundation International
Author(s)
Arabic Language and Culture Program - Qatar Foundation International

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