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Chivalry at its finest.

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Not knowing something is perfectly normal- and in a world, like today, where our minds are filled with jargon, sensationalism and quick generalizations, it’s easy to fall into a black hole of ignorance.

And when visiting another country, more specifically, you will notice that in the beginning it’s quite common to just sit back, observe, the differences between your culture and the new one your experiencing. But aside from the visual aspects such as traditional customs, style of dress and physical appearance, there can be- if your smart and open to it- a sort of beautiful ignorance that spring about- allowing you to open your minds to so much more than your greatest expectation.

In a confession, in which I no longer hold true, I thought it was common for women across the middle eastern region to be viewed as somewhat not equal to that of a man. And though I have only observed and have yet to hold conversations (in which I will do within the new few weeks) with local men and women, I have come to the belief that men in the middle east cherish women with a sense of purity within their culture.

Most recently I went out with several girls to a cafe not too far from my hotel. Because most people drive or take public transportation in Amman, it was essentially a necessity to take a taxi out from the hotel. But as I was sitting in the front seat of the cab (it’s customary for the man to sit next to the man, and the women sit in the back), it dawned on me that the purity lies in chivalry- something many new-age Americans have either forgotten, or never been taught.When you see women gracing the streets of Amman with their kids or husbands, for most- you only see their faces, as the rest is covered by a traditional hijab. And as the Hijab is part of the culture, which is influenced by their religion- a country with roughly 94% (if not more) Muslims- you see smiles of happiness and content, unlike faces of sorrow as some western media outlets like to point out. The women have other ways to express themselves, whether it be jewelery, or hand bags- beautiful make up, and threaded eyebrows.

The purity in chivalry lies within the Jordanian and Palestinian men of Amman; in which protection of women seems to be their biggest concern.


Written by ryanpaynesblog

May 14, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Posted in Culture

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  1. I’m happy to see that you are having a great experience so far. I look forward to reading future blog posts of yours.


    May 24, 2011 at 9:45 pm

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