New traditions in Middle Eastern hospitality

Brownie, Sharon (2015) New traditions in Middle Eastern hospitality. Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, 3 (4). p. 30.

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A lavish platter of sweets is off ered to guests at an event in the Middle East. The tradition of hospitality is deeply valued among Arab populations, whose roots are embedded in a harsh landscape where travellers were infrequent and human contact was precious. Nowadays this rich history translates to new forms of hospitality where traditional food such as coff ee, camel milk, and dates are replaced by creatively presented arrays of energy-dense sweets. Generous volumes of such treats are gifted or off ered on every celebratory and many regular occasions—births, marriages, birthdays, and as gifts for hospital inpatients—posing a substantial public health challenge to the modern Arab world.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords that describe the item:middle eastern hospitality
Subjects:R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Health & Social Practice
ID Code:7519
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