Culture Shock

Learn a bit about Islam

Adam Lichtenheld
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Like many Islamic countries, religion pervades every corner of Jordanian society—and it can be quite an adjustment if a foreigner is unfamiliar with Islam and Islamic customs. The best way to adjust to the conservatism of the culture is to be street savvy: talk to locals about religion, notice how other seasoned foreigners act and carry themselves, and try to learn a thing or two about Islam. Fortunately, there are enough Western-style bars and clubs around town to provide you with the occasional release.

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