Language, literature, gastronomy, art, architecture, music, spirituality, philosophy, mysticism (etc.) are all part of the cultural heritage of the Arabs.The Arab world stretches across 22 countries and consists of over 200 million people.The stories are told over a period of one thousand and one nights, and every night she ends the story with a suspenseful situation, forcing the King to keep her alive for another day.The individual stories were created over several centuries, by many people from a number of different lands.During the reign of the Abbasid Caliph Harun al-Rashid in the 8th century, Baghdad had become an important cosmopolitan city.Merchants from Persia, China, India, Africa, and Europe were all found in Baghdad.
Regional styles of popular music include Iraqian el Maqaam, Algerian raï, Kuwaiti sawt and Egyptian el gil.
Al-Khansa, a female contemporary of Muhammad, was an acclaimed Arab poet.
) is the name given to a series of seven Arabic poems or qasida that originated before the time of Islam.
"The common style that developed is usually called 'Islamic' or 'Arab', though in fact it transcends religious, ethnic, geographical, and linguistic boundaries" and it is suggested that it be called the Near East (from Morocco to India) style (van der Merwe, Peter 1989, p. Habib Hassan Touma (1996, p.xix-xx) lists "five components" which "characterize the music of the Arabs: Much Arab music is characterized by an emphasis on melody and rhythm rather than harmony. Some genres of Arab music are polyphonic—as the instrument Kanoun is based upon the idea of playing two-note chords—but quintessentially, Arabic music is melodic.
It would be incorrect though to call it modal, for the Arabic system is more complex than that of the Greek modes. maqamat), which looks like the mode, but is not quite the same.