Arab PR

Queen Rania of Jordan — a more appealing spokeswoman one cannot imagine — goes onto YouTube to say that she wants people to understand the real Arab world and so she invites people to tell her the stereotypes they see and she will respond to them.

Here’s a response asking about homosexuality in the Arab world:

This man challenges the Queen with a news report from the Telegraph about a Saudi man who killed his daughter when he found her having a conversation in Facebook. He says that the stereotype that much of what comes out of Arab culture “is not only backward but brutal.” But he says it nicely.

  • I have heard her husband speak and am now equally impressed with the queen. Jordon is not a perfect state — there are certain civil liberties we take for granted that are not provided there. However, its King — who spent his middle and high school years in U.S. schools — and queen are providing a needed cultural bridge between the West (especially the U.S.) and the Arab Middle East.

  • marguerittte

    there are certain criticisms that could be found here: IS the or an ideal or useful platform for dialogue? b/c this isn’t dialogue. many Middle Easterners, royal and unroyal, have powerful impressions and deep understandings, not of a cultural divide or need for a cultural bridge, between American culture and their own culture but having lived, experienced and struggled through both, can paint an accurate picture, which we in the West don’t get, and we certainly have never have tried. before 2001 or after.

    it is overdue for Americans to listen to the Arab Middle East, in particular, and the first step is through those who speak both cultures, live both cultures and are in conflict of both cultures. maybe is a first rung method: Americans need to open their own eyes. Hearing an articulate woman speak is also a first step; the stories of all Arabs that need to be heard and understood, but most importantly, it is the CONTEXT that must be examined.