Turkey is not Arab

When you are proud of who you are, where you come from, and all that makes up your culture, (and isn’t that everyone, really?)¬†you do NOT like to be compared to someone else, ESPECIALLY, when that someone else makes the news for less than pleasant reasons.

Turkey is not an Arab country

Why do we even think this? If you look at a map, it is easy to see that Turkey isn’t even on the Arabian Peninsula. I guess we should all brush up on our geography. I think some people just think that everyone ‘over there’ is Arab, or perhaps everyone who is Muslim must also be Arab, but that is NOT so.

So, a little primer, in short –

*Arabs come from the Arabian peninsula and speak Arabic.

Arabian Peninsula map from Nygstrom Herff Jones Education Division, Turkey is not Arab, www.theeducationaltourist.com

*Turks come from Turkey and speak Turkish.

Political-map-Turkey-and-Surrounding-Countries, Turkey is not Arab, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Seems easy, peasy lemon squeezy when you put it like that, doesn’t it?

Turkey is not Arab: Information about ARABS:

*From the Arabian Peninsula

*Speak Arabic

*Hot countries with camels and deserts like Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emerites

Camel closeup, Turkey is not Arab, www.theeducationaltourist.com

*Muslim

*Traditional dress for men: long white robes called thobes

Arab man in Thobes, Turkey is not Arab, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Turkey is not Arab: Information about TURKS:

*From Turkey, which has a small part in Europe and a large part in Asia

*Speak Turkish

*Lush country which is very fertile- no deserts and no native camels

pomegranate, Turkey is not Arab, www.theeducationaltourist.com

*Muslim

*Traditional dress for men: long pants and long sleeves

Turkish man, Turkey is not Arab, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Turkey is not Arab: Why does it matter?

When you are traveling with the kids and teaching them to be global citizens, distinctions like this matter a LOT. Traveling teaches kids to understand and appreciate the differences between cultures and value the similarities. There is something wonderfully worthwhile for both Arabic and Turkish cultures, but let’s give them each the credit – and separation they deserve.

Whether you travel to New York, Texas, Turkey or Arabia, I can help you plan your family journey!

Family sunset, Turkey is not Arab, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Maps from slideshare.net and mods-unturned.com

Happy family travels,

Natalie, The Educational Tourist

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