School of Visual and Performing Arts
Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art (MFA)
Culture, Jordan, Customs, Jordanian, Arab, Middle East
Fine Arts | Near Eastern Languages and Societies
Quarmout, Joy, "Studio Exploration of the Customs in Jordanian Culture: Transforming Cultural Misconception to Cultural Appreciation in the US" (2019). Masters Theses. 584.
The following research investigates Jordanian customs in an attempt to inform Western individuals about how cultural norms reflect the values that underlie the thought process and behavior of this people group. Through this process, the researcher intends to help people shatter misconceptions that stem from a lack of exposure to Arab culture. Due to the lack of intercultural experiences and understanding of Arabs within the US, there is a barrier of cognition between individuals of Middle Eastern and Western culture. Not only is there a lack of cultural exposure, but also an abundance of negative television and media coverage, leaving people with a negative impression of Arabs. The subsequent literature review presents preliminary research on the intrinsic facets of culture, and its pertinence to human interaction. The review accentuates scholarly sources of extended research, exhibiting a thorough study of understanding Jordanian culture and its importance through analyzing religion, values, and customs. Jordanian culture is one rich in language, generosity, community, obedience, and family bonds.